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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.346

Introduced by Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District and Senator Sears of Bennington District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Corrections; mentally ill offenders; evaluation; appropriation

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize the senate committee on committees and the speaker of the house to retain a consultant to review Vermont's system for providing services to offenders with a mental illness and make recommendations for change.

AN ACT RELATING TO AN EVALUATION OF VERMONT'S SYSTEM OF CARING FOR MENTALLY ILL OFFENDERS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  EVALUATION OF VERMONT'S SYSTEM OF CARING FOR

             MENTALLY ILL OFFENDERS

(a)  The committee on committees of the senate and the speaker of the house are authorized to retain one or more consultants to:

(1)  conduct a review of Vermont’s system for determining where, how, and what services are provided to offenders with a mental illness;

(2)  develop options for providing service and care to mentally ill offenders; and

(3)  analyze the costs and benefits of each option.

(b)  The review of Vermont’s system under subdivision (a)(1) of this section shall include an examination of the system for determining competency to stand trial and caring for those declared incompetent, the services provided in Vermont’s communities, the work of the mental health courts, and services that are provided within the corrections system.

(c)  The amount of $50,000.00 is appropriated to the committee on committees of the senate and the speaker of the house for the purpose of hiring a consultant or consultants pursuant to this section.

(d)  The consultant or consultants shall report their findings and recommendations to the corrections oversight committee on or before September 15, 2008.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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