Diversion and treatment for offenders
So supporters of treatment for people with severe mental illness had many reasons to celebrate the recent passage and signing of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.
On Capitol Hill, however, "authorizing" is not the same as putting a check in the mail. Congress must then appropriate the actual monies, and it has been reluctant to follow through with the funding authorized for the law. Recently, however, $ 5 million was budgeted for the diversion and treatment grant program.