Status Update on Housing Work Group Activities
COMMITTEE ON TREATMENT OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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03:12 PM -- Status Update on Housing Work Group Activities
Kathy McGuire, MICJS Task Force Member as the representative of the Office of Alternate Defense Council, discussed the background and work of the housing subcommittee of the MICJS Task Force. She listed the entities that are represented on the subcommittee. Ms. McGuire stated that a summer intern will be working on gathering information about prior and current legislation and other efforts that are underway to address housing for persons with a mental illness who are involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. She stated that the goal of the research is to develop a white paper. Ms. McGuire discussed the long-term goal of developing pilot projects to address housing issues in both the rural and metro areas.
Representative Lee discussed the issue of inmates being released homeless. He encouraged the subcommittee to engage the Department of Local Affairs. Ms. McGuire stated that the subcommittee has identified 30 entities to engage in the subcommittee's efforts. Senator Newell discussed a possible research request of prior legislation concerning housing for persons with a mental illness who are involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.