Reichert Praises Enactment of Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act

Jan 11, 2018 Issues: Law Enforcement Caucus

Washington, DC - Yesterday, the President signed into law, H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, which would help agencies create and improve mental health services for law enforcement officers. The bill was introduced last year by Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Val Demings (D-FL), and Doug Collins (R-GA), and passed the House of Representatives in November.

“I am very pleased to see the President sign this important legislation into law,” said Rep. Reichert. “It will take the necessary steps to support the well-being and mental health of our nation’s law enforcement. Earlier this week we celebrated National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and this bill is a concrete example of how we are showing our appreciation to those who serve us here at home. Having served in law enforcement for 33 years, I understand first-hand how important providing this resource will be for those who see and face the worst of society. Like the brave men and women serving in our armed forces, law enforcement officers face dangerous situations and see vicious acts that are often difficult to move on from. It is past time that we provide much-needed mental health services to our officers protecting us here at home.”

As co-chair of the Law Enforcement Caucus, Rep. Reichert is dedicated to ensuring that our law enforcement is taken care of and given the resources they need to do their jobs and maintain their health.

The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 would direct the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop resources to equip local law enforcement agencies to address mental health challenges faced by officers. The bill would also make grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, develop training for mental health providers specific to law enforcement mental health needs, and support law enforcement officers by studying the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks.

This legislation is supported by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the National Association of Police Officers (NAPO), the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), and the Sergeants Benevolent Association.