JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi might develop coaching for legislation enforcement officers to answer individuals who want psychological well being care, underneath a invoice that’s shifting towards consideration within the state Home.
Home Judiciary B Committee Chairman Nick Bain, a Republican from Corinth, on Tuesday stated Home Invoice 1222 may very well be “life-changing” laws.
Republican Rep. Sam Creekmore of New Albany stated the invoice would require all metropolis and county legislation enforcement businesses to offer first help psychological well being coaching for his or her officers. It additionally would require every of these businesses to have not less than one officer with extra in depth coaching for disaster intervention.
The invoice additionally would authorize the state to offer extra courtroom liaisons — educated professionals to assist in courtroom instances for individuals who should be linked to psychological well being companies. Creekmore stated the state Division of Psychological Well being presently has the funds for 18 courtroom liaisons, and that may very well be expanded to 50, relying on funding.
The invoice handed the Home Judiciary B Committee on Tuesday and can go to the Methods and Means Committee. If it passes the second committee, it should transfer for debate within the full Home.