Committees to discuss prison mental health

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Two New Mexico legislative committees are scheduled to meet to discuss mental health issues around prison inmates.

The Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee and Legislative Health and Human Services Committee are slated to meet Wednesday and Tuesday at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Among the agenda items are outpatient treatment issues for inmates and substance abuse treatment programs.

The meeting comes as mental health advocates are pushing for new state laws aimed at helping New Mexico residents struggling with mental illness.

New Mexico is one of only five states without a “Kendra’s Law,” and advocates say without it, police will continue to be involved in deadly force situations.

Such a law would require people with severe mental illnesses to take medications or face involuntary hospitalization.

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