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2013 House Bill 4694: Authorize “mental health courts”

Public Act 274 of 2013

Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on May 7, 2013 To authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by an agreement that includes a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill establishes criteria for a defendant being allowed to participate; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on May 7, 2013
Reported in the House on September 12, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on September 18, 2013
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2013
Substitute offered by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on September 18, 2013 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2013
Passed 104 to 0 in the House on September 19, 2013 (same description)
To authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by an agreement that includes a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill establishes criteria for a defendant being allowed to participate; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.
Received in the Senate on September 24, 2013
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 24, 2013
Reported in the Senate on November 7, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 10, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 10, 2013
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013 (same description)
To authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by an agreement that includes a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill establishes criteria for a defendant being allowed to participate; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.
Received in the House on December 11, 2013
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013 To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 30, 2013

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