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SB17-021: Assistance To Released Mentally Ill Offenders

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: SB17-021
Year: 2017
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: J. Singer / B. Martinez Humenik


The bill directs the division of housing in the department of
local affairs to establish a program to provide vouchers and supportive
services to persons with a mental illness who are being released from the
department of corrections (DOC) or jails. The program is funded by
general fund appropriations and from money unspent by the division of
criminal justice (CDPS) for community corrections programs in the
previous fiscal year.
The bill directs the behavioral health unit in the department of
human services, in conjunction with the DOC, to implement reentry
programs to assist persons with a mental illness who are transitioning
from incarceration. If necessary, the programs may receive money from
the community corrections appropriation to CDPS.
The bill appropriates $2.7 million to the department of local

Current Status:

Governor Signed (06/02/2017)
Sent to the Governor (05/18/2017)
Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/10/2017)
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole (05/05/2017)
Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/15/2017)
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/11/2017)

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