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Washington Report – March 25, 2022

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 25, 2022

Register today for NAPO’s Annual Lobby Day on Capitol Hill May 11; The Securing a Strong Retirement Act (H.R. 2954), bipartisan legislation to help Americans successfully save for a secure retirement is headed to the House floor for a vote next week. NAPO supports this bill that would keep First Responder disability compensation tax-free; The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act (S. 3846) has been introduced. NAPO is a long-time supporter of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) and worked closely with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and stakeholder organizations on this reauthorization bill. It is a top priority, as it supports crisis intervention teams and training programs for law enforcement and corrections personnel to identify and respond to incidents involving individuals with mental health conditions; NAPO pledged support for the Wally Bunker HELPS Retirees Improvement Act (H.R. 7203), which enhances the HELPS Retirees provision of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and helps ensure all public pension plans are able to implement it to the benefit of their public safety retirees. The HELPS Retirees provision provides public safety officers, who often retire earlier than other occupations because of the physical demands and unique job hazards they face, with means to more affordable healthcare options; The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced that it is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2022 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) program; and NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet and latest “Legislative Positions” document, are available on NAPO’s website.

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