Location: SCR 352
Senate Bill 17-012 Department Proposal and Mount View Youth Services Center
COMMITTEE ON TREATMENT OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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11:20 AM -- Department of Human Services Proposals
Dr. Patrick Fox, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Human Services, discussed a proposal from the Department of Human Services to allow jails to petition the court to obtain an order permitting the jail to provide involuntary medications. He provided a handout about the proposal to the committee members (Attachment E).
Dr. Fox answered questions from the committee about the proposal, the ability of jails to forceable administer medication, and how an approved facility will be determined.
Dr. Fox discussed a proposal related to Senate Bill 17-012, concerning competency restoration services for defendants deemed incompetent to proceed. He provided a handout about the proposal to the committee (Attachment F). According to the handout, the proposal would add language to state law addressing competency restoration being completed in jails and ensuring restoration treatment is being provided in the least restrictive environment. Dr. Fox said that the proposal is a cost-effective way of managing the continued rise in the restoration population, while providing the right level of service necessary.
In response to a question, Dr. Fox discussed which stakeholders have been consulted about the proposal and which stakeholders may have concerns about the proposal. He answered questions about the potential need for additional jail funding to house offenders who are receiving clinical care. Dr. Fox discussed the fiscal impact of providing competency restoration in jails. In response to a question, Dr. Fox discussed the settlement agreement that requires a person who has been determined to need competency restoration services to access that treatment within 28 days of that determination. He discussed a provision of the settlement agreement that allows for additional time beyond the 28 days in certain circumstances. In response to a question, Dr. Fox referenced House Bill 16-1410, concerning matters related to the location where a competency evaluation is conducted.
Senator Martinez Humenik discussed the two bills proposals. Dr. Fox answered questions about the proposals.