House Passes the Law Enforcement Mental Health & Wellness Act of 2017
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gallagher voted in favor of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 (H.R. 2228), legislation aimed at improving mental health services for law enforcement officers. The House passed the bill with strong bipartisan support.
“Every day in Northeast Wisconsin, members of law enforcement put their lives on the line to keep our families, schools and communities safe. The immense pressure and challenging situations these brave men and women face can take an enormous toll on their mental and emotional well-being,” Rep. Gallagher said. “I am proud to support legislation that gives members of law enforcement the resources they need to properly manage the stress and trauma they endure in the line of duty.”
The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 would direct the Departments of Justice, Defense, and Veterans Affairs to develop resources for local law enforcement agencies to address mental health challenges faced by their officers. The bill would make grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, develop training for mental health providers specific to law enforcement mental health needs, and support law enforcement officers by studying the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks.