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LEO Mental Health Act Signed into Law by President Trump

January 10, 2018  | 

President Donald Trump has signed into law the "Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act. The bill passed the Senate Tuesday night. It passed the House in November.

The new law make grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, directs the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to develop resources for mental health providers based on the specific mental health challenges faced by law enforcement, and provides funding for studying the benefits of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks for officers, WANE reports.

It also directs the Departments of Defense (DoD), Justice, and Veterans Affairs (VA) to confer about existing DoD and VA mental health practices and services that could be adopted by law enforcement agencies.

The law has the support of the 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.

"We look forward to working with our partners in the Justice Department when they begin this important first step to improve the mental health and wellness of our nation's law enforcement officers," FOP President Chuck Canterbury said in a statement.


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claywatson @ 1/10/2018 4:57 PM

Yet again, no doubt why law enforcement overwhelmingly favored candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Mon 7 Nov 2016 (election eve), Harold Pollack (Univ of Chiraq/Chicago prof) in his Washington Post opinion piece bemoaned all the LEO union & support for Trump -- citing the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council and the 330,000-member Fraternal Order of Police, among others.
Day after election, Michele McPhee declared in the Boston Globe: "SHE FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW WON. Stunned Hillary Clinton supporters wept openly as the electoral map shifted in ways no one could predict and collapsed onto each other’s shoulders decrying the so-called uneducated white vote that catapulted the most unlikely candidate in American history into the White House. But it wasn’t just the hardscrabble deplorables who had a clear message for Washington — frankly, on both sides of the aisle — it was the cops."

Tracy Mullaney @ 1/10/2018 6:07 PM

Please let me know how I can get involved. I live in an LEO and veteran family, have a counseling degree and national certification, have volunteered helping veterans for 5 years, and will work hard and free of charge.

John @ 1/11/2018 5:47 AM

Tracy, there are organizations out there right now doing yeoman's work on law enforcement wellness. Start with this group, 1st Alliance (http://1alliance.org/), you can register as a provider who will help first responders. And others like Blue HELP (https://wearebluehelp.org/), Safe Call Now (https://www.safecallnow.org/), Serve & Protect (http://serveprotect.org/), and Code 9 Project (http://code9project.org/) are already leading the way in providing resources to first responders. Thank you for your interest and for your family's service.

GB @ 1/11/2018 10:26 AM

Thanks POTUS.

Melissa D @ 1/11/2018 10:37 AM

This is great news now we need to work on getting admin to stop targeting those who ask for help. If officers know they will have a target on their back and will be subject to retaliation by admin when they ask for help programs like this will fail to be as successful as they could be.

Trigger @ 1/12/2018 8:31 AM

Back in 2004 I was involved in a research project through a major university where retired LEO's were asked to be part of the project. It had to do with retiree's dealing with what is now called PTSD. As one of the test subjects it was quite interesting to be part of the project. One of the biggest problems was getting retiree's involved, several factors were thought to be hindering them to participate: machoism, being labeled as a psycho, not trusting the research team, etc. This was unfortunate as the research project was designed to get answers to help us. It opened my eyes to how many issues I had and had buried however they would surface and cause me issues. It is a relief to know that President Trump has realized that we in the profession do have problems and need help.

Me @ 1/14/2018 5:51 PM

This is a great step in the right direction. Notice no Chief's associations endorsed this. While the Chief makes three to four times the money the line-level officer makes, the beat cop deals with the most horrific things a human can see. When that officer tells the department they need help, the Chief views that officer as the weak Gazelle and goes after him or her in every way possible to get him or her to make a huge mistake, or simply quit.....every time. The public has no idea.

ME @ 1/14/2018 5:59 PM

Notice that no Chief's associations supported this. People don't realize - When an officer tells the department he/she needs help, they go through the motions they *have to,* then the Chief views that officer as the weak gazelle and goes after them - they put them in IA after IA, then make it so difficult to go on 9 out of 10 officers quit because their once-"supportive" departments have done what they are required to do, and not could care less. Police departments house the largest group of people who have PTSD and they are usually run by a Chief with 15 minutes of patrol time who could give a rats rear end. It's just the way it is.

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