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senate Bill S. 998

Should Police Depts. Get Grants for Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Services for Officers?

Argument in favor

Police officers suffer from higher rates of stress, mental health problems, and suicide in comparison to the general population. With this in mind, it’s important for the federal government to help police departments meet their officers’ mental health needs through grants to support mental health and suicide prevention services.

Gopin2020's Opinion
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07/10/2019
I’m fully supporting this bill, we must do all for those who put their lives on the line for all of us. #MAGA
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Frances's Opinion
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07/10/2019
THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO STOP THE WHITE SUPREMACIST MOVEMENT IN POLICE DEPARTMENTS!
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Kate's Opinion
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07/11/2019
All First responders. Including fire fighters, EMS, & 911 operators.
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Argument opposed

Major police departments, such as the LAPD, already have staff psychiatrists to help manage officers in crisis. While it’s unfortunate that not all police departments have the resources to hire mental health support staff, this is a local budgetary issue, not a federal one. At a time of ballooning federal debt, it’s irresponsible for the federal government to take on additional obligations that should be local.

burrkitty's Opinion
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07/10/2019
Mental health care should be available to everybody. Stop pandering to special interest groups. Police funding is a local matter anyway.
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JTJ's Opinion
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07/11/2019
The federal government needs to cut taxes and enable local governments to raise funds for this.
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tituswife's Opinion
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07/10/2019
I love our police officers and support them in every way, and applaud most of the thought behind this. But, this is a local issue. Keep interference fun the feds, out of our lives!
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    Mental health care should be available to everybody. Stop pandering to special interest groups. Police funding is a local matter anyway.
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    The federal government needs to cut taxes and enable local governments to raise funds for this.
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    I’m fully supporting this bill, we must do all for those who put their lives on the line for all of us. #MAGA
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    I love our police officers and support them in every way, and applaud most of the thought behind this. But, this is a local issue. Keep interference fun the feds, out of our lives!
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    THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO STOP THE WHITE SUPREMACIST MOVEMENT IN POLICE DEPARTMENTS!
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    Go, Bakerswild! My sentiments exactly!
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    Mental health treatment needs to be more available to everyone. This is a start.
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    All First responders. Including fire fighters, EMS, & 911 operators.
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    Mental health care and suicide prevention should be accessible and affordable for all those who need theses services.
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    I support more health care, but for all Americans, not just ones with stressful jobs. If more mental health care were available in more communities, police might have less stressful jobs overall. I also imagine most officers have health insurance they can turn to for mental health treatment, if they could get over the stigma of needing/asking for help.
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    Many law enforcement personnel go through a lot of very stressful experiences and may potential suffer psychological due to the strain, which may impede their ability to do their job. It is necessary to provide the necessary mental health services they need to help them treat their conditions and develop methods to help cope with the stress of their work.
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    Our law enforcement officers have to see and deal with some of the most ghastly of human behaviors. Any person would be traumatized by the very issues they deal with daily. I’ve seen the most heroic and brave military members break down after too much stress or trauma, our men and women in the police, fire and emergency services uniforms I am sure do the same and should be afforded help when that time comes
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    i don’t approve of much police activity. they tend to gouge working ppl, protect wealthy interests, assault their families. but if this makes them act humane then yeah, do it.
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    All First responders. Including fire fighters, EMS, & 911 operators.
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    This is something their union should offer not the federal government.
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    Yes
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    Absolutely! Many officers who need this help aren’t getting it.
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    Just like veterans, many police officers can have PTSD and suicidal thoughts. If we fund suicide prevention programs for veterans, why not for the police? The police have also served the nation in order to stop crime and make the word a better place. The government definitely needs to interfere and do something about this.
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    They are the wrong people to be dealing with such issues
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