Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems.
The bill addresses various issues relating to the restoration of competency for juveniles and adults in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, including:
- Requiring the court to consider whether restoration to competency services should occur on an outpatient basis if the defendant is on bond or summons;
- Requiring that, in addition to providing competency restoration services in the least restrictive environment, the provision of such services and a juvenile's participation in those services occur and are reviewed by the court in a timely manner;
- Establishing the unit within the department of human services that administers behavioral health programs and services, including those relating to mental health and substance abuse, also known as the office of behavioral health (office), as the entity responsible for the oversight of restoration education and the coordination services necessary to competency restoration; and
- Setting forth the duties of the office related to competency restoration services and education.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)