While supporting the goal of this legislation which would establish an alternative sentencing method for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, we expressed concern that the legislation contained sparse detail on how the implementation of the program would occur. Amongst other issues, we encouraged that the bill be amended to explicitly describe the resources that would be provided for the program; allow defendants to opt out of the program; and address how individuals who fail to comply with all elements of the program due to their mental illness would be handled.

 

Sponsors

Representative Carol McEntee

Status

Held for Further Study

Session

2021

Bill number

Position

Needs amendments