Request of my readers in the U.S.: Congressman Al Franken introduced this bill last year, the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015, which is now H.R. 1854. It is now in the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. This bill supports people with mental illnesses in ways that are needed and necessary. You might have to know a bit about serious mental illnesses to understand why, but NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org), of which I am a member and a BOD member in my area, asked people to contact their House Reps. about this bill a long time ago, which I did.
Please tell the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to pass this bill.
Here is the House Judiciary Committee's phone number: 202-225-3951. You're calling about H.R. 1854 The Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act.
Here is the list of people who ARE on the subcommittee, should you find some way of reaching them:http://judiciary.house.gov/index.cfm/subcommittee-on-crime-terrorism-homeland-security-and-investigations
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Chairman; Rep. Louie Gohmert, Vice-Chairman
Rep. Chabot Rep. Jackson Lee Rep. Forbes Rep. Pierluisi Rep. Poe Rep. Chu Rep. Chaffetz Rep. Gutierrez Rep. Gowdy Rep. Bass Rep. Labrador Rep. Richmond Rep. Buck Rep. Bishop