SANTA FE – Today, a bill sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services committee.
House Bill 160 provides interventions for nonviolent offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.
“This is a common sense measure and an important step forward in addressing the behavioral health crisis we are facing in our state. This bill has the potential to prevent crime before it happens while strengthening our communities and supporting the most vulnerable New Mexicans,” Stapleton said.
House Democrats are committed to a comprehensive approach to address crime and keep New Mexico communities safe. The bill would implement a contract with the Behavioral Health Services Division of the Human Services Department for behavioral health treatment and support services, including mental health, alcoholism, and other substance abuse services for nonviolent offenders.
HB 160 now heads to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.