SB 352
Creates a mental health assessment pilot program for criminal offenders
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Last Action:
4/11/2011 - Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2011

Current Bill Summary

SB 352 - This act establishes a three-year pilot program that allows a judge in a participating county, upon a motion by the prosecutor, to request a criminal offender be placed in the department of corrections for 120 days for a mental health assessment and treatment. The victim must be given notice and an opportunity to be heard before the judge rules on the motion.

At the end of the 120 days, the department must send an assessment report to the sentencing court, which may release the offender on probation. The state probation and parole officer for the offender must work with the department of mental health to enroll eligible offenders into Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation programs.

Offenders are not eligible for the pilot program who have been found guilty of, or plead guilty to, second-degree murder, forcible or first-degree statutory rape, forcible or first-degree statutory sodomy, first degree child molestation that is classified as a Class A felony, or any other offense that does not allow probation or parole. Those found to be predatory sexual offenders are also ineligible.

The directors of the Departments of Corrections and Mental Health are to report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2014 on whether the program should be statewide.

This act is substantially similar to HB 302 (2011).