2007-2008 Law and Justice Committee

The Law and Justice Interim Committee (LJIC) is a joint bipartisan committee of the legislature that meets between legislative sessions. The LJIC: (1) monitors the activities of the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice, the Office of State Public Defender, and the Judicial Branch; (2) examines law and justice policy issues; and (3) makes recommendations to the full legislature. The LJIC's responsibilities include reviewing the administrative rules of assigned executive branch agencies (Corrections, Justice, and the Public Defender).

Agenda - 8:30 a.m., Rm 137, Capitol

Committee Bills By Official LC Numbers
LC0198 - Require attorney for youth detention hearing
LC0199 - Add 22nd judicial district to Judicial Nomination Commission statute 
LC0299 - Drug court statute cleanup 
*LC0306 - Revise mental eval & placement under Youth Court Act
*LC0307 - Crisis intervention, diversion from involuntary commitment
     *LC307a - Grant program for jail diversion and crisis intervention
     *LC307b - Diversion from involuntary commitment 
*LC0329 - Jail suicide prevention pilot program 
*LC0364 - Revise judicial salaries

*Denotes that the bill is not in final form and is subject to change.

Agenda - Room 137, Capitol, 10:00 a.m.
Minutes
Audio - Aug. 28

  • LC1111 (revision of LC7776)- a bill clarifying responsibility for the medical costs of a person detained by local law enforcement

Second Revised agenda
Minutes
Summary of Actions 
Audio - July 24 July 25

Bills Drafts for Public Comment
     *Interested persons are invited to offer written public comment to the committee on the bill drafts listed below. Please submitt your comments to Sheri Heffelfinger.

  • LCyth4 - revising mental health evaluation and placement of justice-involved youth
  • LCdvrs - funding jail diversion and crisis intervention and providing for diversion from involuntary commitment
  • LC7776 - clarifying responsibility for the medical costs of a person detained by local law enforcement
  • LCdrug - eliminate obsolete language on federal funding to research drug court impacts 
  • LCjdg2 - a revised bill to increase supreme and district court judicial salaries

Agenda 
Minutes
Audio - June 26  June 27

Legal Memorandums
No. 1 - Custer County Jail Suicide Case Study
No. 2 - Data on Provision of Mental Health Services and Suicide Prevention in County Jails
No. 3 - Jail Standards
No. 4 - Kentucky Jail Mental Health Crisis Network, Issues and Options - attachments
No. 5 - State Prison Mental Health Care Standards
No. 6 - Legislation and Administrative Issues Concerning Transfer of Mental Health Information 

Staff Report
Precommitment Process and Oregon Diverson Program

Bill Drafts 
LC judg - to adjust judicial salaries - excel table 
LC 7775 - to add 22nd Judicial District to judicial nomination commission 
LC 7776 - to clarify payment responsibility for detainee's medical costs 
LC 7777 - revising youth detention hearings

Agenda
Minutes 
Meeting summary 
Audio - April 10
Audio - April 11

HJR 50 Materials 
     HJR 50 Survey Results: Involuntary Precommitment Process and Costs
     Tables for HJR 50 Survey Results

Jail Standards Related to Mental Health: Documents provided by CPT McCave, Billings Detention Facility
     Montana Jail Standards, 2006
     Yellowstone County Policies
     other provided documents are available by contacting Legislative Services

Kendra's Law 
Kendra's Law Research Memo (attachment links follow)
     Explanation of Kendra's Law
     State by State Chart
     "Should officials force care...?" article
     Treatment Advocacy Center Briefing Paper
     NAMI Public Policy Platform
     "A misguided alternative" article
     "Ethical considerations" article
     SB 266 by Waterman, 2001 Session
     "Patient overflow plan at Warm Spring" article
     MCA sections related to outpatient commitment
     MT Supreme Court Opinion

Judicial Salaries 
Judicial Salaries Research Memo (attachment links follow)
     MCA sections related to judicial salaries
     NCSC salary survey briefing paper
     EXCEL Table 1
     EXCEL Table 2

Adult Justice Working Group 
Agenda
Audio - Feb. 28
Audio - Feb. 29
Drug Courts PowerPoint - attachments not included
Montana's Drug Courts Excel Chart

Youth Justice Working Group 
Agenda
Audio of meeting - Feb. 28
Audio of meeting - Feb. 29
Residential Treatment for Montana's Justice-Involved Youth 
Excel Spreadsheet on Out-of-State Placements

Full Committee 
Agenda
Audio of meeting - Feb. 29

Agenda
Minutes
no audio, out-of-town meeting)
SJR 24 Drug Offender Sentencing Data Analysis, Sheri Heffelfinger
HJR 50 Survey: Draft for Comment - PDF or WORD, Sheri Heffelfinger
Mental Health Protocol Presentation (PowerPoint), Dr. Wendlandt, OPD

SJR 24 - Prison population growth and diversion programs
HJR 26 - Mental health in adult and juvenile corrections
HJR 50 - Precommittment psychiatric evaluations -- process and costs
SJR 6 - Juvenile justice

Staff Reports

Applicable to More than One Study

Final report

Proposed Work Plan
Decision Tool: Work Group 1 - Adult (Jan. 10-11, 2008 meeting)
Decision Tool: Work Group 2 - Youth (Jan. 10-11, 2008 meeting)
Adult mental health MCA definitions/sections (Jan. 10-11, 2008 meeting)
Youth mental health MCA definitions/sections (Jan. 10-11, 2008 meeting)

SJR 6 - Study of Juvenile Justice System
(overlaps with HJR 26)

SJR 6 - A Primer: July 2007
A Nutshell Summary of a Blue Print for Change
Residential Treatment for Montana's Justice-involved youth
Excel Spreadsheet on Out-of-State Placements

SJR 24 - Study of Prison Population Growth and Diversion Alternatives

SJR 24 - A Primer: July 2007
SJR 24 - Drug Offender Sentencing Data Analysis
Drug Courts PowerPoint - attachments not included
Montana Drug Courts Excel Chart

HJR 26 - Study of Mental Health Treatment in Adult in Juvenile Justice

*Note: Juvenile justice reports listed under SJR 6 study

HJR 26 - A Primer: July 2007
Kendra's Law Research Memo (attachment links follow)
     Explanation of Kendra's Law
     State by State Chart
     "Should officials force care...?" article
     Treatment Advocacy Center Briefing Paper
     NAMI Public Policy Platform
     "A misguided alternative" article
     "Ethical considerations" article
     SB 266 by Waterman, 2001 Session
     "Patient overflow plan at Warm Spring" article
     MCA sections related to outpatient commitment
     MT Supreme Court Opinion 
Legal Memo: Mental Health Care for Offenders and Detainees
Legal Memo: Recommendations (Jan. 10-11, 2008 meeting) 
No. 1 - Custer County Jail Suicide Case Study 
No. 2 - Mental Health Services and Suicide Prevention in County Jails 
No. 3 - Jail Standards 
No. 4 - Kentucky Jail Mental Health Crisis Network 
No. 5 - State Prison Mental Health Care Standards 
No. 6 - Transfer of Mental Health Information between MSP and Counties

HJR 50 - Study of Involuntary Precommitment Psychiatric Examinations

HJR 50 - A Primer: July 2007
HJR 50 - Survey: PDF version; Word version
HJR 50 Survey Results: Involuntary Precommitment Process and Costs

Tables for HJR 50 Survey Results
Precommitment Process and Oregon Diversion Program

For a staff report on outpatient commitments, see Kendra's Law research report under HJR 26 study

Other Issues

Judicial Salaries 
Judicial Salaries Research Memo (attachment links follow)
     MCA sections related to judicial salaries
     NCSC salary survey briefing paper
     EXCEL Table 1
     EXCEL Table 2

Hardin Detention Facility
Legal Memo on Hardin Detention Facility Controversy

Proposed Legislation

Note: Below are the links to the bill drafts as reviewed by the LJIC on Septemeber 15, 2008. However, each bill is subject to change based on further instructions from bill sponsors and the LJIC and as the bills progress through the Legislative Services Division formal bill draft review process. You may track each bill's progress and obtain a copy of the most recent version of the bill from our LAWS bill status systemby typing in the appropriate LC number.

HJR 24 - STUDY OF MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT FOR JUSTICE-INVOLVED ADULTS AND YOUTH
HJR 50 - STUDY OF COUNTY PRECOMMITMENT COSTS

LC0329 - Establishing a pilot program for jail suicide prevention screening under a contract administered by the Dept. of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).

LC0307 - Establishing a grant program to reimburse up to 50% of a county's costs for jail diversion, crisis intervention services, and precommitment cost insurance premiums (if such insurance is set up by the counties) for mentally ill individuals.

LC0516 - Requiring DPHHS to contact for up to three emergency detention beds in each mental health service area for persons in mental health crisis.

LC0517 - Allowing a petion for involuntary commitment to be suspended if a respondent agrees to be diverted short-term inpatient treatment for up to 14 days and requiring DPHHS to contract for up to three short-term inpatient treatment beds in each mental health service area.

LC0589 - Requiring that mental health and other medical information be forwarded when an inmate is being transferred.

SJR 6 - STUDY OF JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

LC0198 - Requiring that a youth be respresented by an attorney at a youth detention hearing unless that right is waived after consultation with an attorney.

SJR 26 - STUDY OF PRISION POPULATION AND DIVERSION OF DRUG OFFENDERS TO TREATEMENT

No legislation proposed.

OTHER ISSUES

LC0364 - Revising salaries for supreme court justices and district court judges.

HOUSEKEEPING BILLS

LC0199 - Adding Judicial District 22 to the list of judicial districts represented on the judicial nomination commission.

LC0299 - Striking obsolete language concerning federal funding to research the impact of drug courts.

 

 

  • Adult justice working group
  • Juvenile justice working group
  • Jail Standards and Suicide Prevention
  • Detainee Medical Costs

 

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