The oversight council has the following powers and duties:
(1) Review the recommendations of the task force on community justice and mental illness early intervention from the final report dated November 2016 and track implementation and evaluate compliance with this Act;
(2) Review data and reporting required by this Act;
(3) Review compliance with the training required by this Act;
(4) Calculate costs averted by the provisions in this Act;
(5) Establish a statewide crisis intervention training review team. The review team shall analyze and make recommendations to the oversight council on the ongoing need for a crisis intervention training coordinator to provide training and technical assistance to cities, counties, or regions across the state; build local capacity for crisis intervention; and expand the number of crisis intervention trained law enforcement officers. The crisis intervention training review team shall collect and report semiannually to the oversight council data on the number of requests for assistance from the crisis intervention training coordinator, the names of the agencies submitting the requests for assistance, the number of requests granted, the number of law enforcement officers trained, and training adherence to the Memphis crisis intervention team model or other evidence-based model. The crisis intervention review team shall, upon completion of the first year of the crisis intervention training coordinator funding, make a recommendation to the oversight HB No. 1183 Page 13 council as to the continued funding of the crisis intervention training coordinator. The review team shall terminate upon the recommendation of the oversight council;
(6) Review the recommendations of the crisis intervention team training review team;
(7) Review the crisis response grants distributed pursuant to section 7 of this Act;
(8) Review the Division of Criminal Investigation's development of training on mental illness;
(9) Evaluate the need for and feasibility of a statewide crisis call center or regional call centers for persons in crisis;
(10) Track progress and make recommendations to improve the implementation of mental health screenings in jails pursuant to sections 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this Act;
(11) Establish a work group to make recommendations to the council to create a process for the completion of a mental health assessment following a jail mental health screening. The work group shall estimate the cost of assessments needed following screening at the time of jail intake, using data from the jail mental health screening pilot program; examine payment options including cost-sharing between state and counties; determine improvements to information sharing between jails and mental health providers; and consider whether an individual with a screening indicating the need for assessment has a pre-existing relationship with a mental health provider;
(12) Review the payments to counties for mental competency examinations and reports pursuant to section 15 of this Act;
(13) Evaluate the need for and feasibility of forensic assertive community treatment teams;
(14) Establish a work group that includes representatives from sheriffs, jail administrators, jail mental health staff providers, and community mental health providers to make recommendations to the council to improve information sharing among jails and mental HB No. 1183 Page 14 health providers and improve coordination among jails and mental health providers to refer persons released from jail to mental health services;
(15) Monitor the competency evaluation funding program;
(16) Study and make recommendations to improve the recruitment and retention of mental health professionals;
(17) Study and make recommendations to expand access to mental health services for criminal justice populations;
(18) Evaluate the need for and feasibility and cost effectiveness of telehealth options for jail mental health assessments, consultations for law enforcement officers who encounter persons in crisis, crisis response during law enforcement encounters with persons in crisis, mental health services for persons on probation, and mental health services for persons in jail;
(19) Make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature regarding pilot programs for needed and feasible telehealth options to provide mental health services to persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system; and
(20) Prepare and submit an annual summary report of the performance and outcome measures that are part of this Act to the Legislature, Governor, and Chief Justice. The report shall include recommendations for improvements and a summary of savings generated from this Act.
The Mental Health Oversight Council shall be administered by the Unified Judicial System.
The oversight council shall be composed of fourteen members. The Governor shall appoint the following four members: a member from the Department of Social Services; a member from law enforcement; a member from a mental health provider; and one at-large member. The Chief Justice shall appoint the following four members: a member who is a criminal defense attorney; a member who is a judge; one member who is a county commissioner; and one at-large member. The majority leader of the Senate shall appoint two senators, one from each political party. The majority leader of the House of Representatives shall appoint two representatives, one from each political party. The attorney general shall appoint two members, one of whom shall be a state's attorney.
Term of Appointment:
The oversight council terminates five years after its first meeting, unless the Legislature, by Joint Resolution, continues the oversight council for a specified period of time.