The Senate approved Senate Bill 5269, known as ‘Joel’s Law’ with strong bipartisan support. The law is named for Joel Reuter, a severely mentally-ill man who was shot and killed by police in Seattle in July 2013. Sponsor of the bill, Senator Steve O’Ban, chair of the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, worked with families who have struggled to get their adult children help.
“This is one of the critical bills we will pass this legislative session. Parents need this safeguard to when their children are denied access to the mental health care system. Without a doubt, Joel’s Law will save lives.”
The companion to ‘Joel’s Law’ was approved early in the 2015 legislative session by the House of Representatives. The Senate version now moves to the House for consideration.
“There are some subtle differences between my legislation and the companion bill, but I am committed to getting this needed legislation done this session to ensure that families in our state can get their children help.” O’Ban said.