Legislation

H.1798 An Act relative to juvenile mental health

Type:  Mental Health and Substance Abuse 

The legislation aims to provide juveniles with mental health and behavioral health problems who are before the court on a charge for which they may be detained in DYS with community based alternatives to detention which provide needed mental health and behavioral health services. The bill further sets up a protocol through which juveniles before the court may be assessed to determine their eligibility for mental health and behavioral health services as an alternative to detention. The legislation establishes a Juvenile Mental and Behavioral Health Coordinating Committee (JMBHCC), which would operate as an advisory body to establish the standards and oversee alternatives to detention for eligible court involved youth.  Such programs would expand access to community based mental health and behavioral health services for this population of at risk youth (this is a refile of H.1791).