H.R.3717 was introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), formerly a practicing psychologist. The mental health bill presently has 34 co-sponsors, only 4 of whom are Democrats. I would like for someone to theorize or explain why more Democrats are not cosponsors of H.R.3717. I posed the question to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in tweets recently (@koffietime) and plan to seek a reply directly from CBC members in my district. Support for H.R.3717 from the CBC seems warranted because deaths and injuries by police officers happen frequently to African Americans with acute mental diseases.
The H.R.3717 radio show will be archived at Blogtalkradio and remain available for public listening. Please join the conversation at 9pm PST on February 12, 2014 (10pm Mountain, 11pm Central, and 12midnight EST). Call (818)572.2947 or join by computer at
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2014/02/13/assistance-to-the-incarcerated-mentally-ill Everyone with an interest in mental health law is invited to discuss H.R.3717 with us on February 12. We will continue the discussion on February 19.
http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/3717 . See also H.R.401 "Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013," introduced by Rep. Richard Nugent (R-FL).