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S. 2720: A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to establish the Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team grant program, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 28, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2720

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 28, 2019

(for herself and Ms. Hassan) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to establish the Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team grant program, and for other purposes.

1.

Adverse childhood experiences response team grant program

(a)

In general

Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10101 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Adverse childhood experiences response team grant program

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Grants for adverse childhood experiences response teams

(a)

Grants authorized

From amounts made available to carry out this section, the Attorney General, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall make grants to States, units of local government, Indian Tribes, and neighborhood or community-based organizations to address adverse childhood experiences associated with exposure to trauma.

(b)

Use of funds

Amounts received under a grant under this section may be used to establish an adverse childhood experiences response team, including by—

(1)

establishing protocols to follow when encountering a child or youth exposed to trauma to facilitate access to services;

(2)

developing referral partnership agreements with behavioral health providers, substance treatment facilities, and recovery services for family members of children exposed to trauma;

(3)

integrating law enforcement, mental health, and crisis services to respond to situations where children have been exposed to trauma;

(4)

implementing comprehensive programs and practices to support children exposed to trauma;

(5)

identifying barriers for children to access trauma-informed care in their communities;

(6)

providing training in trauma-informed care to emergency response providers, victim service providers, child protective service professionals, educational institutions, and other community partners; and

(7)

supporting cross-system planning and collaboration among officers and employees who work in law enforcement, court systems, child welfare services, correctional reentry programs, emergency medical services, health care services, public health, and substance abuse treatment and recovery support.

(c)

Application

A State, unit of local government, Indian Tribe, or neighborhood or community-based organization desiring a grant under this section shall submit to the Attorney General an application in such form, and containing such information, as the Attorney General may reasonably require.

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(b)

Authorization of appropriations

Section 1001(a) of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10261(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

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There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out part OO $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2023.

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