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04-14-2007, 12:06 AM
Here is a report from the committee meeting last week on HB 4348.

On Wednesday last week the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections passed through the committee a Boiler Plate HB 4348. It includes money ($750,000) for the restoration of the Ombudsman’s office. It sets aside 1.9 Million for a pilot mental health treatment courts program (counties to be piloted Kalamazoo, Genesse, Macomb, and Wayne). It includes a restoration of the Sentencing Guidelines Commission ($250,000).

It departed from the executive budget by quite a bit of money for MPRI roll-out. Executive budget set aside $20 million increase. The House increased it by $31.5 million.

The health care contracting section was revised from the Executive budget. It requires “quarterly reports on expenditures, allocations, and projected expenditures from accounts for prisoner health care, and requires detailed reports on preliminary and final findings of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Retains an expression of legislative intent that local health care providers be considered and given the opportunity to bid as vendors under future managed care contracts.”

It also adds a new section regarding administrative segregation, “Specifies deadlines for prisoners placed in segregation to be examined and reassessed by mental health clinicians, and provides for recommendations and transfers to mental health units.” It seems as though the boilerplate actually would mandate a mental health screening of all prisoners who are placed in segregation within 24 hours of placement and weekly reviews thereafter. It also mandates that people with Axis 1 diagnoses or traumatic brain injury or suffers from an emotionally or mentally declined state while in confinement should be recommended for removal and placed in a mental health services unit—which is essentially spelled out in the PD, but is not followed...

04-14-2007, 12:49 AM
Thanks Mabear! i am going to have to reread this tomorrow when i wake up!!! :D

04-14-2007, 05:13 AM
Sounds like some good may be coming... maybe they think that if the Ombudsman is back we'll back off on our contacting the wardens offices themselves ;)

04-14-2007, 06:51 AM
Mabear - thanks for the post. You have a link to the bill, but I was wondering if you have a link to the rest of the report you posted from?

04-14-2007, 07:21 AM
Those are the notes of someone who attended the meeting.