Introduced by Rep. Margaret O'Brien (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 a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill would require the state court administrative office to establish standards for such courts, and reporting requirements for the courts themselves; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.
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 passed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2013.
Amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on September 18, 2013. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2013.