Public Law 115-113 – Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017

[115th Congress Public Law 113]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

PLAW 115publ113

[[Page 131 STAT. 2276]]

Public Law 115-113
115th Congress

An Act

To provide support for law enforcement agency efforts to protect the
mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers, and for other
purposes. <<NOTE: Jan. 10, 2018 – [H.R. 2228]>>

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Law Enforcement
Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017. 34 USC 10101 note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and
Wellness Act of 2017”.
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: Reports.>> SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

(a) <<NOTE: Consultation. Public information.>> Interagency
Collaboration.–The Attorney General shall consult with the Secretary of
Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a
report, which shall be made publicly available, on Department of Defense
and Department of Veterans Affairs mental health practices and services
that could be adopted by Federal, State, local, or tribal law
enforcement agencies.

(b) Case Studies.–The Director of the Office of Community Oriented
Policing Services shall submit to Congress a report–
(1) that is similar to the report entitled “Health, Safety,
and Wellness Program Case Studies in Law Enforcement” published
by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in 2015;
and
(2) that focuses on case studies of programs designed
primarily to address officer psychological health and well-
being.

(c) Peer Mentoring Pilot Program.–Section 1701(b) of the Omnibus
Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10381(b)) is
amended–
(1) in paragraph (21), by striking “; and” and inserting a
semicolon;
(2) in paragraph (22), by striking the period at the end and
inserting “; and”; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:
“(23) to establish peer mentoring mental health and
wellness pilot programs within State, tribal, and local law
enforcement agencies.”.
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: Coordination. 34 USC 50101 note prec.>> SUPPORT
FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS.

The Attorney General, in coordination with the Secretary of Health
and Human Services, shall develop resources to educate mental health
providers about the culture of Federal, State, tribal, and local law
enforcement agencies and evidence-based therapies for mental health
issues common to Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement
officers.

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SEC. 4. <<NOTE: Consultations. Recommenda- tions. 34 USC 50101
note prec.>> SUPPORT FOR OFFICERS.

The Attorney General shall–
(1) in consultation with Federal, State, local, and tribal
law enforcement agencies–
(A) <<NOTE: Review.>> identify and review the
effectiveness of any existing crisis hotlines for law
enforcement officers;
(B) provide recommendations to Congress on whether
Federal support for existing crisis hotlines or the
creation of an alternative hotline would improve the
effectiveness or use of the hotline; and
(C) conduct research into the efficacy of an annual
mental health check for law enforcement officers;
(2) in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security
and the head of other Federal agencies that employ law
enforcement officers, examine the mental health and wellness
needs of Federal law enforcement officers, including the
efficacy of expanding peer mentoring programs for law
enforcement officers at each Federal agency;
(3) <<NOTE: Privacy.>> ensure that any recommendations,
resources, or programs provided under this Act protect the
privacy of participating law enforcement officers; and
(4) <<NOTE: Deadline. Reports.>> not later than 1 year
after the date of enactment of this Act, submit a report to
Congress containing findings from the review and research under
paragraphs (1) and (2), and final recommendations based upon
those findings.

Approved January 10, 2018.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY–H.R. 2228 (S. 867):
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 115-428 (Comm. on the Judiciary).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 163 (2017):
Nov. 28, considered and passed House.
Dec. 21, considered and passed Senate.

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