The bill establishes in the office of the state court administrator (office) a statewide behavioral health court liaison program (program). The purpose of the program is to identify and dedicate local behavioral health professionals as court liaisons (court liaisons) in each state judicial district to facilitate communication and collaboration among judicial, health care, and behavioral health systems. The office shall administer the program and establish procedures, timelines, and funding guidelines for the program. Program funding must be allocated to judicial districts based on case volume, geographical complexity, and density of need. Specific duties of the court liaisons are outlined, as well as reporting requirements.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)