Bill to require police notification over mental screening discharges advances

TRENTON – The Senate Health Committee released bill S67, which would require formal notification to police about individuals who have been discharged from mental screening services for evaluation and assessment for mental health services.

Police must complete a Human Services Department form when they bring a person to a screening service that provides details on the person’s charge and other information which is clinically and administratively relevant.

If the person is in need of admission or commitment to treatment at a short-term care facility, psychiatric facility, or special psychiatric hospital, the screening service will be required to notify police and provide the completed form to the admitting facility or hospital, along with the screening certificate prepared by the psychiatrist at the screening service, according to legislation.

Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) Edgewater Park, strongly supported the bill. Having been the subject of a stalker at one time in her life, she said the legislation will help victims have more information, adding that it’s difficult for the victim “when you don’t know what’s going on. I think it’s very appropriate,” she said.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Dick Codey, (D-27), of Roseland.

  Bill to require police notification over mental screening discharges advances