Criminal Justice in Crisis: The Intersection of Law Enforcement and Mental Health Care

“We have neglected the mental health challenges in our nation for far too long.” – Asa Hutchinson On March 8, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Act 423 of 2017, the Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act. Sponsored by Senator Jeremy Hutchinson and Representatives Clarke Tucker and Matthew Shepherd, this bipartisan legislation was the product of…

Gov. Hutchinson Signs Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Centers Bill Into Law

  LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today signed SB136 into law to establish three regional Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Centers to reduce the incarceration rate of those with mental illness and to increase public safety. The governor has committed $5 million to support these facilities, which will provide evaluation and treatment of those suspected…