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Joe Donnelly partnered with Republicans to deliver bipartisan legislation that will improve mental health services for law enforcement officers

Hoosier Republicans Todd Young, Susan Brooks helped introduce legislation

Joe Donnelly has partnered with Indiana Republicans to deliver bipartisan results to improve mental health services for our law enforcement officers and servicemembers.

Earlier this year, President Trump signed the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, legislation that Joe and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) worked together on to help law enforcement agencies access funding to improve or implement mental health services for their officers. Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-05) introduced the companion bill in the House of Representatives.

The bill 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.

Parts of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act were adapted from Joe’s Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act. Signed into law in 2014, the Sexton Act is currently being implemented by our armed forces to ensure all servicemembers – active, guard, and reserve – receive annual mental health assessments.

Throughout his time in the Senate, Joe has reached across the aisle and worked tirelessly to deliver results for Hoosiers. In addition to having 21 legislative proposals signed into law during the Trump Administration alone, Joe was named the most bipartisan senator of the last quarter-century still in office by the Lugar Center.

“Joe doesn’t let partisanship get in the way of what’s best for Hoosiers, and he’ll work with anyone in Congress willing to help turn his ideas into reality,” said Kate Oehl, Press Secretary for Joe for Indiana. “Joe’s partnership with his Republican colleagues in the Senate and House to push his legislation forward shows that he’ll stop at nothing to make sure our law enforcement officers and first responders have the resources they need. This is just one of 43 examples of how Joe has effectively delivered real results for everyday Hoosiers.”

This release is part of a series for the launch of ‘Republicans for Joe’ detailing Joe’s history in the Senate of reaching across the aisle to deliver results for Indiana.