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National Crime Victims' Rights Week - 2008

NCVRW UPDATE: 2008 National Crime Victims' Rights Week is scheduled for the week of April 13 - 19, 2008. Next year's theme is "Justice for All. Justice for Victims." The deadline to submit nominations for the Attorney General's Crime Victim Service Awards is Friday, October 19. http://www.ovc.gov/ncvrw/welcome.html.






The U.S. House of Representatives unaminously passed a resolution recognizing 2007 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October! You can access a copy of H. Res. 590 at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c110:1:./temp/~c110uoTCb9. Remarks by Caucus Co-Chairs Ted Poe and Jim Costa, which can be incorporated into your NDVAM speeches and outreach, can be accessed at: http://vrc.poe.house.gov/Welcome/LatestNews/

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Office on Violence Against Women presents www.enditnow.gov. This online tool contains information and resources for both victims and those seeking to help them. All content, including a public service announcement, is available in both English and Spanish.




Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Reauthorization and Improvement Act, S. 2304

On September 29, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the . The legislation passed the Senate by unanimous consent late last week and will now proceed to the President's desk for signature.

“Unfortunately, far too many people end up in our local jails and prisons as a result of mental illness, despite the fact that they are generally ill-equipped to handle such individuals and provide either the services they need, or for alternative care settings, in a cost effective manner. S. 2304 reauthorizes training and service programs to assist local and state law enforcement officials, and other entities, to provide treatment for people with mental illnesses while incarcerated, or in alternative settings, as appropriate.
S. 2304 reauthorizes the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) for an additional five years at $50 million per year. The bill also expands training for law enforcement to identify and respond appropriately to individuals with mental illnesses and supports the development of law enforcement receiving centers to assess individuals in custody for mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. MIOTCRA, PL 108-414, created the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) in 2004 to help states and counties design and implement collaborative efforts between criminal justice and mental health systems.



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