Donnelly Receives Award from National Association of Police Organizations for Successful Work Enacting Law Enforcement Mental Health Act
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly received an award from the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) recognizing his outstanding support for law enforcement. Donnelly was also recognized for his work to draft, introduce, and shepherd to passage the bipartisan Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, which was signed into law by President Trump earlier this year. NAPO is a coalition of police associations from across the country.The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, which Donnelly authored and introduced with Senator Todd Young (R-IN) allows law enforcement agencies to establish or enhance mental health services for their officers. It also authorizes grants to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, directs the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to develop resources for mental health providers based on the specific mental health challenges faced by law enforcement, and supports law enforcement officers by studying the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks. It also directs the Departments of Defense (DoD), Justice, and Veterans Affairs (VA) to confer about existing DoD and VA mental health practices and services that could be adopted by law enforcement agencies.
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