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Ariz. legal group proposes mental health database

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PHOENIX (AP) - The state Criminal Justice Commission wants a database to keep track of people who are under court-ordered mental-health treatment.

The Arizona Capitol Times says the database is under construction and will be managed by the state Supreme Court.

It'll allow police officers to know whether a person in the throes of a mental breakdown is undergoing treatment under the supervision of the court or deemed mentally incompetent by a court.

Proposed legislation also closes gaps in laws that prohibit certain people from possessing a firearm, such as those who are under indictment, under guardianship for mental incapacity or found to be mentally incompetent.

The state currently reports people who've been involuntarily committed to a mental institution to the national criminal background check system.

 

Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com

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