Kentucky lawmakers consider bill that would allow suspects into mental health treatment before conviction

Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill that would push people to get mental health treatment without putting them into the criminal justice system. A House committee approved a bill that would expand on “Tim’s Law.” Supporters say the goal is to let a judge order someone to get treatment before conviction so that they do not continue cycling through the same process. A Jefferson County Judge says they have seen success with what they have already been able to do. “The individual had had 50 hospitalizations in the last ten years, and when he was not in the hospital, he was in jail,” said Jefferson District Court Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke. “He made tremendous progress to the point that he was caring for his elderly mother. He is still doing that. It’s been three years just this past month. He has not been re-hospitalized or incarcerated in three years.” The new bill would allow mental health professionals to do more comprehensive exams and better define who is eligible.

Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill that would push people to get mental health treatment without putting them into the criminal justice system.

A House committee approved a bill that would expand on “Tim’s Law.”

Supporters say the goal is to let a judge order someone to get treatment before conviction so that they do not continue cycling through the same process.

A Jefferson County Judge says they have seen success with what they have already been able to do.

“The individual had had 50 hospitalizations in the last ten years, and when he was not in the hospital, he was in jail,” said Jefferson District Court Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke. “He made tremendous progress to the point that he was caring for his elderly mother. He is still doing that. It’s been three years just this past month. He has not been re-hospitalized or incarcerated in three years.”

The new bill would allow mental health professionals to do more comprehensive exams and better define who is eligible.

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