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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 37
INTRODUCED BY K. DUDIK
A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA REQUESTING AN INTERIM STUDY OF THE PROVISION AND COORDINATION OF SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH AN INCARCERATED PARENT; AND REQUIRING THAT THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE STUDY BE REPORTED TO THE 67TH LEGISLATURE.
WHEREAS, parental incarceration can be considered an adverse childhood experience; and
WHEREAS, children with an incarcerated parent face numerous challenges, including possible loss of their home, sense of safety, and parental affection and comfort; and
WHEREAS, the State of Montana has an interest in ensuring that children with an incarcerated parent are provided with the services and support during and after the parent's incarceration.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
That the Legislative Council be requested to designate an appropriate interim committee, pursuant to section 5-5-217, MCA, or direct sufficient staff resources to study the provision and coordination of services to children with an incarcerated parent. The study should:
(1) identify existing state and community-based services and programs for children with a parent who is incarcerated, including those available to the parent while incarcerated;
(2) identify methods to improve collaboration and coordination of existing services and programs, including services or programs provided prior to release from incarceration or as transitional support immediately after release;
(3) identify any gaps in the current services or any additional services that could be provided in state prisons or through community-based programs; and
(4) identify costs of services or programs that are necessary to implement a comprehensive, coordinated system of care that addresses the unique needs of children with an incarcerated parent.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the study review other jurisdictions' activities, policies, directives, and laws relating to children with an incarcerated parent and any best practices established for these programs or services.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the study solicit the views of the Department of Corrections, the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Office of Public Instruction, community corrections and other community-based service providers, and other stakeholders identified by the committee.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that if the study is assigned to staff, any findings or conclusions be presented to and reviewed by an appropriate committee designated by the Legislative Council.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all aspects of the study, including presentation and review requirements, be concluded prior to September 15, 2020.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the final results of the study, including any findings, conclusions, comments, or recommendations of the appropriate committee, be reported to the 67th Legislature.
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