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HF 45

as introduced - 91st Legislature, 2020 1st Special Session (2019 - 2020) Posted on 06/20/2020 06:34pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 06/12/2020

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; establishing standards for crisis intervention and mental
illness crisis training for peace officers; requiring a report; appropriating money;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 626.8469.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 626.8469, is amended to read:


626.8469 TRAINING IN CRISIS RESPONSE, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT,
AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY.

Subdivision 1.

In-service training required.

Beginning July 1, 2018, the chief law
enforcement officer of every state and local law enforcement agency shall provide in-service
training in crisis intervention and mental illness crises; conflict management and mediation;
and recognizing and valuing community diversity and cultural differences to include implicit
bias training to every peace officer and part-time peace officer employed by the agency.
The training shall comply with learning objectives developed and approved by the board
and shall meet board requirements for board-approved continuing education credit.new text begin Crisis
intervention and mental illness crisis training shall meet the standards in subdivision 1a.
new text end
The training shall consist of at least 16 continuing education creditsnew text begin with a minimum of
four hours for crisis intervention and mental illness crisis training
new text end within an officer's
three-year licensing cycle. Each peace officer with a license renewal date after June 30,
2018, is not required to complete this training until the officer's next full three-year licensing
cycle.

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Crisis intervention and mental illness crisis training. new text end

new text begin (a) The board, in
consultation with the commissioner of human services and mental health stakeholders, shall
create a list of approved entities and training courses to instruct peace officers in techniques
for responding to a mental illness crisis. A course must include scenario-based instruction
and cover most of the following issues:
new text end

new text begin (1) techniques for relating to individuals with mental illnesses and the individuals'
families;
new text end

new text begin (2) techniques for crisis de-escalation;
new text end

new text begin (3) techniques for relating to diverse communities and education on mental illness
diversity;
new text end

new text begin (4) mental illnesses and the criminal justice system;
new text end

new text begin (5) community resources and supports for individuals experiencing a mental illness crisis
and for the individuals' families;
new text end

new text begin (6) psychotropic medications and the medications' side effects;
new text end

new text begin (7) co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders;
new text end

new text begin (8) suicide prevention;
new text end

new text begin (9) mental illnesses and disorders and the symptoms; and
new text end

new text begin (10) autism spectrum disorder.
new text end

new text begin (b) A course must also include training on children and families of individuals with
mental illnesses to enable officers to respond appropriately to others who are present during
a mental illness crisis. The board shall update the list of approved entities and training
courses periodically as it considers appropriate.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Record keeping required.

The head of every local and state law enforcement
agency shall maintain written records of the agency's compliance with the requirements of
deleted text begin subdivision 1.deleted text endnew text begin subdivisions 1 and 1a including, at a minimum:
new text end

new text begin (1) documentation of the training provider;
new text end

new text begin (2) documentation of the content of the training provided;
new text end

new text begin (3) documentation that crisis intervention and mental illness crisis training included
scenario-based instruction in compliance with the standards described in subdivision 1a;
new text end

new text begin (4) compiled evaluations; and
new text end

new text begin (5) explanation of expenditure of funds.
new text end

The documentation deleted text beginis subject to periodic review by the board, anddeleted text end shall be deleted text beginmade availabledeleted text endnew text begin
submitted
new text end to the board deleted text beginat its requestdeleted text end.new text begin The board shall include in the compliance reviews
required in section 626.8459 an evaluation of the effectiveness of in-service crisis intervention
and mental illness crisis training in reducing officer use of force and diverting people
experiencing a mental illness crisis from arrest.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Licensing sanctions; injunctive relief.

The board may impose licensing
sanctions and seek injunctive relief under section 214.11 for failure to comply with the
requirements of this section.

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; PEACE OFFICER CRISIS INTERVENTION AND
MENTAL ILLNESS CRISIS TRAINING.
new text end

new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the Peace Officer
Standards and Training (POST) Board to reimburse law enforcement agency crisis
intervention and mental illness crisis training expenses for training that is provided by
approved entities according to Minnesota Statutes, section 626.8469, subdivision 1a.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; POLICE AND MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS TEAM
COLLABORATION.
new text end

new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the Peace Officer
Standards and Training (POST) Board to administer a pilot project to create collaborations
between county mobile crisis mental health services described in Minnesota Statutes, section
245.469, and municipal law enforcement agencies. The appropriation shall be used to
purchase tablets and video conferencing telehealth services to allow peace officers to connect
quickly with members of the mobile crisis mental health team to assist individuals in crisis.
No later than September 1, 2021, law enforcement agencies awarded grants shall provide
a written report to the board describing the expenditure of funds and evaluating the
effectiveness of the project in diverting people experiencing a mental illness crisis from
arrest. The board shall submit a written report compiling the law enforcement agency reports
and evaluating the program to the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of
representatives and senate committees with jurisdiction over public safety by January 1,
2022.
new text end