Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s Bill to Support Behavioral Health Passes House Floor Unanimously, Heads to Senate

Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s Bill to Support Behavioral Health Passes House Floor Unanimously, Heads to Senate

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill introduced by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Floor unanimously. House Bill 160 provides interventions for nonviolent offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.

“This bill is part of a comprehensive approach to address behavioral health and public safety. I am committed to expanding access to support services so New Mexicans have the resources to reduce repeat offenses, strengthen our communities, and support those who are most vulnerable,” said House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton.

House Democrats are committed to a comprehensive approach to address crime and keep New Mexico communities safe. The bill would implement a contract with 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 nonviolent offenders.

HB 160 now moves to the Senate.