Week ending December 1, 2017
H.R.2228 – Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017
HR 2228 seeks two reports from the Department of Justice on programs and practices to improve mental health of law enforcement officers.
The Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services shall submit to Congress a report that is similar to the report entitled “Health, Safety, and Wellness Program Case Studies in Law Enforcement” published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in 2015; and that focuses on case studies of programs designed primarily to address officer psychological health and well-being.
The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to expand the allowable use of grant funds under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to include establishing peer mentoring mental health and wellness pilot programs within state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.
DOJ must coordinate with the Department of Health and Human Services to develop educational resources for mental health providers regarding the culture of law enforcement agencies and therapies for mental health issues common to law enforcement officers.
DOJ must also: (1) review existing crisis hotlines, recommend improvements, and research annual mental health checks; (2) examine the mental health and wellness needs of federal officers; and (3) ensure that recommendations, resources, or programs under this bill protect the privacy of participating officers.
(Full text of H.R. 2228 congress.gov)
Sponsor: Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] (Introduced 04/28/2017)
Status: Passed House /
VOTES and FLOOR ACTION
On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote
Motion to recommit:
Text of the motion:
COST AND IMPACT
Cost to the taxpayers: CBO estimates that implementing the bill’s provisions would cost about $1 million in fiscal year 2018, assuming the availability of appropriated funds.
Pay-as-you-go requirements: Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available
Dynamic Scoring: CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2228 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028
Tax Complexity: Not applicable to this bill.
Earmark Certification: Data not available
Duplication of programs: Data not available
Direct Rule-Making: Data not available
Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available
Budget Authority: Data not available
Constitutional Authority: Assumed.
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