The Supporting and Treating Officers In Crisis Act of 2019 (HR 2368 / S 998, 116th Congress) seeks to improve mental health services for law enforcement officers by amending the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. These amendments would prioritize funding allocated for and explicit access to programs relating to psychological services, suicide prevention, and stress reduction. To ensure these programs may materialize, the Act ends by authorizing the appropriation of $7.5 million annually for years 2020 through 2024.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, law enforcement officers are particularly impacted by adverse mental health. In particular, they point to the high rate of suicide, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder among law enforcement officers compared to the rest of society.