Brooks Law Enforcement Mental Health Bill SIGNED INTO LAW
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the President signed H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, into law. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) issued the following statement:
“I’m grateful that the President signed into law an important bill I led in the House to support law enforcement. Our hardworking men and women in law enforcement deserve better access to mental health services that will allow them to safely cope with the stress and trauma they experience on the job. We place so much emphasis and attention on our police officers’ physical fitness, but we need to do more to ensure they are mentally healthy as well.
“This law makes grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, develops training for mental health providers specific to law enforcement mental health needs, and supports law enforcement officers by studying the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks. It directs the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to share best practices used by the military to help soldiers with PTSD and other mental health challenges with local law enforcement agencies to better address mental health challenges faced by officers.
“Ensuring the safety of the law enforcement community in Indiana and across the country is critically important. I am proud to have led this bipartisan effort to support our nation’s police officers with my colleagues in the House, specifically Representatives Demings, Collins, Pascrell and Reichert as well as fellow Hoosiers in the Senate, Senators Donnelly and Young.”
The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 was introduced earlier this yearin the House of Representatives by Susan Brooks (R-IN), Val Demings (D-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA). It is also the companion bill to S.876, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN). TheLaw Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 works to overcome the stigma and change the culture our officers face when dealing with mental illnesses.
“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to serve and protect our communities, and it’s important we ensure they have access to mental health services,” said Donnelly. “I’m proud President Trump has signed our bipartisan legislation into law because it will provide tools for law enforcement agencies to help support the mental health and wellness of these brave men and women.”
“Our law enforcement officers put their lives at risk every day in order to keep us safe, and they can face significant stress and trauma,” said Young. “The President signing our bipartisan bill into law means that these brave men and women will have greater access to mental health services when they need them.”
To learn more about the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, read Brooks’ op-ed in the Indy Star here.