Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s Bill to Support Behavioral Health Advances First Committee Unanimously
Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously. House Bill 43 provides interventions for offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.
“Our state is facing a behavioral health crisis, and this bill is a common sense measure to address that crisis.” said House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton. “This bill will help reduce the rate of repeat offenses and will serve our communities by supporting our most vulnerable New Mexicans. Expanding access to treatment and prevention will benefit our entire state.”
House Bill 43 would implement a program at the Behavioral Health Services Division of the Human Services Department for behavioral health treatment and support services, including mental health, alcoholism, and other substance abuse services for offenders. House Democrats are committed to addressing crime holistically and support preventative measures.
HB 43 now heads to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee for consideration.