Kentucky Mental Health Bill Fails. (State News)

By Harry, Jennifer L. | Corrections Today, June 2002 | Go to article overview

Kentucky Mental Health Bill Fails. (State News)


Harry, Jennifer L., Corrections Today


The Courier-Journal recently reported that in April, the Kentucky Senate killed a bill aimed at improving mental health care in jails -- even after the bill got a last-minute revival in the House. Senate floor leader Dan Kelly (R-Springfield) said the House acted too late and the Senate did not have time to take up the bill before adjourning. Earlier, Senate Bill 2, which Kelly had sponsored, had appeared dead until, in a surprise move, House floor leader Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) called it. Kelly's bill would have enabled an ongoing statewide commission to study mental health needs in the state and recommend treatment. The House, on a vote of 76-0, approved the version after adding amendments by Rep. Steve Nunn (R-Glasgow) aimed at improving mental health treatment for jail inmates and reducing suicides. The Senate, however, did not call the bill for a vote. Nunn had said he was surprised but pleased when Stumbo called his bill to the House floor after he assumed it would not come up this session. …

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