A bill that would have restricted the use of halfway houses for people with mental health problems was introduced in New York state.
The bill would have created a $10,000 cap on the amount of time people could be held for the state’s mental health system.
The idea was to help people with substance abuse issues or mental illness stay sober.
But the bill died after Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire passed it.
That led to a backlash from the mental health community, which argued that such legislation would put people with psychiatric issues in a state of crisis.
Now, some advocates are pushing for a different approach to dealing with mental illness in the states.
New Jersey has the nation’s highest incarceration rate, and it has also one of the highest rates of homelessness.
And the state has the largest prison population in the country, according to a recent study.
The solution is not to just incarcerate people with severe mental illness, but to help them manage their problems, according Chris McGreal, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
McGreal told ABC News that people with chronic mental illness who are locked up should be able to access treatment.
“You need to have the capacity to access services that are there to help you manage your mental health, that are available to you,” McGreal said.
“It’s just really important to understand that this bill was designed to do one thing and one thing only — to stop people with significant mental health issues from accessing services,” McGnoal said.
The bill would also have required halfway houses to have a certified mental health professional on staff.
The state already has a program to train and certify mental health professionals in New Zealand and a similar program in the United Kingdom.
But McGreal pointed out that the program would not have the same impact in New Brunswick, where the bill would be passed.
The legislation was introduced as part of a larger budget package for the New Brunswick General Assembly.
The bills that were introduced also included a $20,000 tax credit for people to pay for private mental health treatment.
State Representative John Burris, a Republican from Brunswick, introduced the bill on Wednesday.
He said it was important to ensure people with serious mental illness had access to mental health care.
“I think we’ve made strides,” he said.
“There are many more people who have mental health conditions and are being locked up in facilities that are failing to meet their needs.”
He said the state would also try to ensure that people living with mental illnesses could still access services, including those that are not currently available in the state.