This bill would direct the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to report to Congress on Dept. of Defense (DOD) and Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health practices and services that could be adopted by law enforcement agencies. DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) would be required to report to Congress on programs to address the psychological health and well-being of law enforcement agencies. Grant funding under the COPS program would be allowed for use on peer mentoring mental health and wellness pilot programs within state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.
DOJ would be required to coordinate with the Dept. of Health and Human Services in developing educational resources for mental health providers regarding the culture of law enforcement agencies and therapies for mental health issues common to law enforcement officers.
DOJ would also be required to:
Review existing crisis hotlines, recommend improvements, and research annual mental health checks;
Examine the mental health and wellness needs of federal officers;
Ensure that recommendations, resources, or programs under this bill protect the privacy of participating officers.