This bill would reauthorize the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004 — allowing the Attorney General to give grants to entities that focus on reducing recidivism and improving mental health screening/treatment in correctional facilities.
The Attorney General would be authorized to award grants for sequential intercept mapping and implementation — essentially a tool to study how the criminal justice system interacts with the mentally ill — that works to:
Help mental health and criminal justice stakeholders develop a shared understanding of how people with mental illnesses move through the criminal justice system;
Identify improved responses for emergency and crisis situations, specialized police-based needs, plus community and post-prison supervision;
Hire and train personnel, identify target populations, and offer services to reduce recidivism.
When considering grant applications, the Attorney General would have to give preference to programs that collaborate with criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse, and veterans service agencies. Grants could also be awarded for:
Peer to peer services or programs for qualified veterans;
Practices that identify and provide treatment, rehabilitation, legal, and transitional services to veterans who have been incarcerated;
Training programs to teach criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, mental health, and substance abuse personnel how to identify and respond to incidents involving veterans.
Grants could also go to helping correctional facilities:
Provide the clinical, medical, and social needs of inmates;
Assess appropriate treatments that address mental health and substance abuse needs;
Identify and screen for mental illness in inmates;
Develop and implement post-release transition plans.