Competency Restoration Subcommittee Update
COMMITTEE ON TREATMENT OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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10:14 AM -- Competency Restoration Subcommittee Update
Sheri Danz, Advisory Task Force member, provided the committee with a draft of the essential components of restoration legislation (Attachment F). She provided an overview on the history of the advisory task force's efforts to address juvenile competency restoration and how the subcommittee has expanded its focus to include adults. Ms. Danz reviewed the information in the handout. She stated that the subcommittee has determined that the Office of Behavioral Health in the Department of Human Services should be the responsible entity for the provision of competency restoration services. She stated that legislation and funding will be necessary to implement the recommendations of Competency Restoration Subcommittee. Ms. Danz discussed possibly leveraging existing resources to implement the recommendations and the need to develop appropriate educational components for competency restoration.
Ms. Danz answered questions from the committee concerning juvenile competency restoration.
Tariq Sheikh, Advisory Task Force member, answered questions from the committee concerning juvenile competency restoration. Committee discussion about competency restoration ensued. Ms. Danz responded to questions about the definition of competency for juveniles.
Karen Knickerbocker, Advisory Task Force member, discussed the issues related to competency restoration for adults. She discussed the lack of funding for adult competency restoration and the need to keep people in the community when accessing services. Ms. Knickerbocker answered questions about the availability of competency restoration providers. Ms. Danz highlighted the recommended duties for the Office of Behavioral Health outlined in the handout. Committee discussion with the presenters about competency restoration ensued.