Santa Fe, NM – Today, House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s (D-Albuquerque) bill to support behavioral health passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee. House Bill 160 provides interventions for nonviolent offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.

“Addressing the behavioral health crisis in our state means supporting access to services that strengthen our communities. This bill has the potential to prevent crime and works to assist nonviolent offenders in accessing the care that they may need,” said House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton.

The bill would implement a contract with the Behavioral Health Services Division of the Human Services Department for behavioral health treatment and support services, including mental health, alcoholism, and other substance abuse services for nonviolent offenders.

HB 160 now heads to the Senate Floor for consideration.