February 7, 2014 Legislative Highlights

The Senate is considering a bill that will pose an administrative delay for people transitioning out of training centers.  SB 627 will require that, before a person is discharged from a training center, the Department of Behavioral Health must certify  that the community placement is “comparable” to the care in a training center.  Given that the US Department of Justice found that conditions in the state’s training centers violate the Constitution, this seems to be an especially problematic bill.

The original bill contained even more administrative requirements prior to discharge, but the bill was amended in Senate Finance.

The bill will likely be considered by the full Senate on Monday, February 10, 2014.

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