Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), 2019
Good mental and psychological health is just as essential as good physical health for law enforcement officers to be effective in keeping our country and our communities safe from crime and violence. An officer’s mental state affects his or her behavior in a variety of situations and can influence decision-making and judgment. However, the current state of support for officer wellness nationally is disjointed and faces both cultural and logistical obstacles. In 2017, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA), and important step in improving the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services. The LEMHWA called for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to submit a report to Congress on mental health practices and services in the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs that could be adopted by federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies as well as a report containing recommendations to Congress. The DOJ responds to this requirement of the act with this report. See the complementary report, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies.