Mental health treatment for inmates

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 63, authored by Sen. Glick, regarding mental health treatment for inmates. The bill provides that committed offenders with serious physical or mental disorders may remain in treatment facilities operated by the Department of Correction, up to 14 days, until release to a similar treatment facility can be accomplished

The bill was amended by consent to include four elements that must be met before an inmate may be held:

  • The inmate must suffer from a serious physical or mental disorder;
  • The inmate must remain in treatment until they can be placed in a similar facility;
  • The DOC must make a good faith effort to place; and
  • The extended 14-day hold is not valid unless the inmate consents or a court so orders.

The Indiana Sheriff’s Association testified in support of the bill.  The amended bill passed 8-0.

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