P.A. 22-114 AAC Periodic Behavioral Health Assessments, Police Officer Recruitment, School Resource Officers, Reporting of Violations to the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, Investigations by the Inspector General, Minimum Standards and Practices for the Administration, Management and Operation of Law Enforcement Units and the Correction Advisory Committee. (H.B. 5372)
This bill makes various changes in the laws governing law enforcement units. Specifically, it:
- allows licensed clinical social workers, in addition to psychiatrists and psychologists, to conduct the behavioral health assessments of police officers required under existing law (§ 1). Existing law generally requires police officers to submit to a periodic behavioral health assessment at least once every five years as a condition of continued employment. (Officers may also be required to submit to an additional assessment for good cause shown.) The bill allows licensed clinical social workers to conduct the assessments, in addition to board-certified psychiatrists and licensed psychologists as under current law.
- requires the Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) to select an institute of higher learning to (a) study school resources officers’ role and impact on students with disabilities and (b) report its findings to the Judiciary Committee by December 1, 2022 (§ 3).
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