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HB 5043 - Authorizes Mental Health Experts to Accompany Police Officers - Virginia Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes Mental Health Experts to Accompany Police Officers

Title: Authorizes Mental Health Experts to Accompany Police Officers

Title: Authorizes Mental Health Experts to Accompany Police Officers

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Title: Authorizes Mental Health Experts to Accompany Police Officers

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

A vote to pass a bill that authorizes mental health experts to accompany police officers.

Highlights:

 

  • Establishes a Mental health Awareness Response and Community Understanding Services (MARCUS) alert system and community care teams (Sec 1).

  • Specifies that a community care team is a group of mental health service providers, working with registered peer recovery specialists and law enforcement officers (Sec 1).

  • Establishes the goals of a MARCUS alert system to be to (Sec 1):

    • Provide immediate response and services by a specially trained community care team with law enforcement officers as backup;

    • Afford persons with mental illness or substance abuse issues a sense of dignity in crisis situations;

    • Reduce the likelihood of physical confrontation and injuries during crisis events;

    • Decrease arrests and use of force by law enforcement officers;

    • Identify underserved populations and ensure that they are provided with appropriate mental health and substance abuse caregiving services;

    • Provide support and assistance for mental health service providers and law enforcement officers;

    • Decrease the use of arrests and detentions;

    • Provide a therapeutic location or protocol, other than a law enforcement or jail facility, to bring individuals in crises for assessment;

    • Increase public recognition and appreciation of mental health needs;

    • Decrease the need for mental health treatment in jail;

    • Accelerate access to care for individuals in crisis through a streamlined process and provide better access to timely treatment;

    • Improve the notifications made to the community care team and public if an individual experiencing a mental health crisis poses an immediate threat to public safety or themself; and

    • Decrease the use of psychiatric hospitalizations as treatment for mental health crises.

  • Requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department of Criminal Justice Services to create a detailed plan to establish a MARCUS alert system that must be submitted no later than June 1, 2021 (Sec 1).

  • Requires 5 MARCUS alert programs and community care teams to be established in each of the 5 regions outlined by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department of Criminal Justice Services by July 1, 2021 (Sec 1).

  • Requires one additional MARCUS alert program and community care team to be established in each region by July 1, 2023 (Sec 1).

  • Requires 2 reports to be submitted throughout the establishment process that assess the impact and effectiveness of the programs and teams (Sec 1).

  • Requires all eligible geographical areas to have a MARCUS alert system and community care team by July 1, 2026 (Sec 1).

  • Requires the creation of a required community care team training for all persons involved in the program (Sec 1).

  • Requires the establishment of a protocol that permits the release of persons deemed sufficiently stable and the referral to emergency treatment services (Sec 1).

  • Requires community care teams to be armed with nonlethal weapons and only use nonlethal force (Sec 1).

  • Authorizes the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department of Criminal Justice Services to coordinate a public service campaign surrounding MARCUS alert systems and community care teams, running from July 1, 2020, to January 1, 2022 (Sec 2).

Title: Authorizes Mental Health Experts to Accompany Police Officers

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