Legislature Passes Measure Allowing Mental Health Data Sharing With Law Enforcement

May 24, 2022

The League-supported provision is contained in the health and human services policy omnibus bill that passed the Senate and House.

A League-supported measure that would allow mental health data to be shared with law enforcement was approved by the Senate and House on May 22.

The health and human services policy omnibus bill (Chapter 98) includes the measure in article 6, sections 2, 3, 19, and 20. The bill now awaits Gov. Tim Walz’s signature to become law.

What this means for cities

By providing a limited amount of information, police officers will be able to better respond to mental health calls, while also respecting the privacy of individuals.

When encountering a mental health crisis, this new law:

  • Allows law enforcement to obtain (1) the name and phone number of a mental health provider, and (2) strategies to address the mental health crisis when providing the name of a patient/client.
  • Requires that the patient/client must be informed that this information has been obtained.
  • Allows police chiefs and community corrections professionals to be included on adult protection teams.
  • Requires law enforcement agencies to establish and enforce written policies when they seek or use mental health data. These policies must address access, retention, and data security, along with other requirements under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

The League will provide more details in a future Focus on New Laws article.

For more background information about this bill, read a previous article.

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