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H.R. 1763 - Keeping Communities Safe through Treatment Act of 2017

Introduced: 2017-03-28
Bill Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
 

Keeping Communities Safe through Treatment Act of 2017

This bill directs the Department of Justice to establish a pilot program to provide grants to law enforcement agencies in designated high intensity drug trafficking areas for pre-booking diversion programs to divert low-level drug offenders to drug treatment programs.

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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1763


    To direct the Attorney General to carry out a pilot program to provide grants to eligible entities to divert individuals with low-level drug offenses to prebooking diversion programs, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 28, 2017

    Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

    To direct the Attorney General to carry out a pilot program to provide grants to eligible entities to divert individuals with low-level drug offenses to prebooking diversion programs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Keeping Communities Safe through Treatment Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Pilot program.

(a) Establishment.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall establish a pilot program to provide grants to eligible entities for prebooking diversion programs to divert individuals with low-level drug offenses to a case manager for an immediate needs assessment, crisis intervention, and to schedule an in-depth intake interview.

(2) DURATION OF PILOT PROGRAM.—The pilot program shall terminate 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(3) GRANTS AWARDED UNDER PILOT PROGRAM.—The Attorney General shall award grants under the pilot program to not fewer than 10 eligible entities.

(b) Limitation on use of funds.—Grant funds awarded under the pilot program may not be used to divert an individual with a low-level drug offense to a drug treatment program if criminal charges have been filed and are pending against such individual.

(c) Application.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—To be selected to receive a grant under the pilot program, an eligible entity shall submit to the Attorney General an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Attorney General may require.

(2) OTHER REQUIREMENTS.—Each application for a grant under the pilot program shall include a description of how the eligible entity—

(A) coordinates with drug treatment programs that provide medication-assisted treatment;

(B) plans to coordinate with local prosecutors;

(C) plans to divert individuals with low-level drug offenses to such programs;

(D) plans to monitor and record the progress of such individuals in such programs;

(E) plans to assess such individuals to ensure that they have an appropriate individualized intervention; and

(F) will provide case management for such individuals.

(d) Reports.—

(1) QUARTERLY REPORTS.—Each quarter during the duration of the pilot program, an eligible entity that receives a grant under the pilot program shall submit a report to the Attorney General that includes—

(A) the number of individuals diverted to programs by the diversion program for which the grant funds are used;

(B) any subsequent arrest records of such individuals, when such records are publicly available;

(C) any subsequent criminal charges filed against such individuals; and

(D) the cost of such programs.

(2) ANNUAL REPORTS.—Not less than once each year during the duration of the pilot program, the Attorney General shall submit a report to Congress that includes—

(A) the number of grants awarded under the pilot program;

(B) the number of individuals diverted to programs by the diversion program for which the grant funds are used;

(C) any subsequent arrest records of such individuals, when such records are publicly available;

(D) any subsequent criminal charges filed against such individuals; and

(E) the amount of funds used to provide grants under the pilot program.

(e) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term “eligible entity” means a law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over a high-intensity drug trafficking area, as designated pursuant to section 707(b) of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998 (21 U.S.C. 1706(b)).

(2) LOW-LEVEL DRUG OFFENSE.—The term “low-level drug offense” does not include a serious violent felony.

(3) MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT.—The term “medication-assisted treatment” means treatment of substance use disorders through the use of a drug (or a combination of drugs) approved or licensed under section 505 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355) or section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262), in combination with evidence-based behavioral therapies.

(4) SERIOUS VIOLENT FELONY.—The term “serious violent felony” has the meaning given such term in section 3559(c)(2) of title 18, United States Code.

(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated such funds as may be necessary to carry out the pilot program, to be derived from the funds made available to the Office of Justice Programs.


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