Bill Text: IA HF361 | 2017-2018 | 87th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: A bill for an act providing for a study regarding the possible establishment of a jail diversion program for offenders with a mental illness.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 33-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-02-16 - Introduced, referred to Public Safety. H.J. 408. [HF361 Detail]

Download: Iowa-2017-HF361-Introduced.html

House File 361 - Introduced




                                 HOUSE FILE       
                                 BY  MILLER, THEDE, HUNTER,
                                     HANSON, KACENA,
                                     ISENHART, GASKILL,
                                     KEARNS, BEARINGER,
                                     OURTH, M. SMITH,
                                     T. TAYLOR, STECKMAN,
                                     WOLFE, MASCHER,
                                     WINCKLER, LENSING,
                                     NIELSEN, R. SMITH,
                                     BRECKENRIDGE,
                                     McCONKEY,
                                     WESSEL=KROESCHELL,
                                     OLSON, BROWN=POWERS,
                                     FORBES, JACOBY,
                                     HEDDENS, KURTH,
                                     GAINES, COHOON,
                                     PRICHARD, OLDSON, and
                                     RUNNING=MARQUARDT

                                      A BILL FOR

  1 An Act providing for a study regarding the possible
  2    establishment of a jail diversion program for offenders with
  3    a mental illness.
  4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
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  1  1    Section 1.  JAIL DIVERSION PROGRAM FOR OFFENDERS WITH
  1  2 A MENTAL ILLNESS == STUDY.  The division of criminal and
  1  3 juvenile justice planning of the department of human rights
  1  4 shall conduct a study regarding the possible establishment
  1  5 of a jail diversion program for the purpose of reducing
  1  6 jail recidivism rates for nonviolent criminal offenders who
  1  7 suffer from mental illness.  The division shall solicit input
  1  8 from the department of human services; the department of
  1  9 corrections and other members of the criminal justice system
  1 10 including judges, prosecutors, and defense counsel; specially
  1 11 trained law enforcement crisis intervention teams and crisis
  1 12 intervention response teams; and the Iowa association of
  1 13 community providers, the Iowa behavioral health association,
  1 14 and other mental health service providers including providers
  1 15 of crisis stabilization services and providers of integrated
  1 16 mental health and substance abuse inpatient, outpatient, and
  1 17 rehabilitation services.
  1 18    The study shall consider and review social, clinical,
  1 19 housing, and welfare services currently available and services
  1 20 that should be developed to meet the needs of nonviolent
  1 21 criminal offenders who suffer from mental illness.  The system
  1 22 elements addressed by the study shall also include but are not
  1 23 limited to regulatory, liability, and funding issues.  The
  1 24 division shall establish the membership, scope, and duties of
  1 25 the study committee and shall also consider the feasibility
  1 26 of establishing a jail diversion pilot program.  The division
  1 27 shall submit a report on the study and make recommendations to
  1 28 the governor and the general assembly by December 15, 2017.
  1 29                           EXPLANATION
  1 30 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
  1 31 the explanation's substance by the members of the general assembly.
  1 32    This bill directs the division of criminal and juvenile
  1 33 justice planning of the department of human rights to conduct a
  1 34 study regarding the possible establishment of a jail diversion
  1 35 program for offenders with a mental illness for the purpose
  2  1 of reducing jail recidivism rates for nonviolent criminal
  2  2 offenders who suffer from mental illness.  The bill requires
  2  3 the division to work with interested stakeholders including
  2  4 representatives from the department of human services, the
  2  5 department of corrections and other members of the criminal
  2  6 justice system, certain specially trained law enforcement
  2  7 personnel, and mental health providers.  The study shall
  2  8 consider and review social, clinical, housing, and welfare
  2  9 services and shall also consider regulatory, liability, and
  2 10 funding issues.  The division is required to submit a report
  2 11 with recommendations to the governor and the general assembly
  2 12 by December 15, 2017.
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