Senate bill studies mental health worker in every State Police barracks - VT Digger

A Senate bill that is “attached” to the vital first-quarter 2021 budget bill would study stationing mental health workers among Vermont State Police.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, and Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Sears, D-Bennington, introduced the last-minute amendment to H.961, in the wake of protests related to recent killings of Black people by law enforcement across the country. The amendment mandates that the commissioners of the departments of public safety and mental health come back to the Legislature in August with a plan on how to partner mental health clinicians, either from a designated agency or from a contracted entity, with every state police barracks in Vermont.."

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-06-21 14:34:35 -0400
    I am reminded of a time a few years ago when the State National Guards were called up to “help” ICE/Boarder Patrol at our boarders. I remember reading that a lot of the ICE/Boarder Patrol Officers saw the Guard as a new responsibility for them to keep secure as they (the Guardsmen) were not allowed to have firearms. I would hope that “mental health workers” would not be put into situations where they would constitute another person for police to be responsible for the safety of. Don’t they have enough to worry about in these situations ?