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Expanding Peace Officers Mental Health Grant Program

Concerning expanding the peace officers behavioral health support grant program to include community partnerships, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Public Health
Bill Summary

The bill expands the peace officers mental health support grant program (grant program) to include funding for on-scene response services to enhance law enforcement's handling of calls for services related to persons with mental health disorders and social service needs, including calls that do not require the presence of a peace officer law enforcement agencies, behavioral health entities, county or district public health agencies, community-based social service and behavioral health providers, peace officer organizations, and public safety agencies as eligible entities.

The bill also expands the purposes for which grant money can be used to include co-responder community responses and community-based alternative responses. Public safety agencies, law enforcement agencies, and peace officer organizations that apply for a grant are encouraged to do so in collaboration with mental health centers and other community-based social service or behavioral health providers in their region. The bill specifies which funding opportunities each entity may apply for.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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