An Act To Better Coordinate the Work of Mental Health Crisis Agencies with Law Enforcement Agencies
Sec. 1. 34-B MRSA c. 3, sub-c. 3, art. 3 is enacted to read:
CRISIS INTERVENTION COORDINATION
§ 3641. Crisis intervention coordination
The department shall provide assistance to crisis intervention teams, agencies and law enforcement agencies to enable them to coordinate crisis intervention services and to fulfill the terms of the memorandum of understanding required under subsection 2.
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide assistance to crisis intervention teams and agencies that provide mental health crisis services and to law enforcement agencies to enable them to coordinate mental health crisis services. The bill sets July 1, 2016 as the date by which a crisis intervention team or agency must enter into and sign a memorandum of understanding with each law enforcement agency that provides law enforcement services in the area of the State served by the crisis intervention team or agency. The bill requires the memorandum of understanding to be effective for 3 years and to be renewed for a 3-year period upon expiration. The memorandum of understanding must include descriptions of the following: the internal processes that the law enforcement agency uses to identify a person in need of mental health crisis services; the protocol that the law enforcement agency uses to share a contact report with a crisis intervention team or agency; the process the crisis intervention team or agency uses to receive the report; the protocol that the crisis intervention team or agency uses to communicate with a person in need of mental health services or the guardian or family members of that person; and the procedures to be used to convene on a quarterly basis multidisciplinary team meetings to review experiences and discuss opportunities for improvement.