2008 New York Senate Bill 6422 / Assembly Bill 9342. “An act to amend the correction law and the mental hygiene law, in relation to confinement conditions and treatment of convicted persons with serious mental illness.”
This bill was passed “to remove inmates with serious mental illness from segregated confinement and to establish residential mental health treatment units that provide for the treatment of such inmates consistent with their mental health needs.” It requires that inmates placed in segregation for disciplinary purposes be assessed by mental health clinicians, and requires that inmates diagnosed with “serious mental illness” be removed from segregation and placed in a residential mental health treatment unit.
This bill went into effect on July 1, 2008.
Keywords: punitive segregation, disciplinary segregation, solitary confinement, mental illness, mental health, majorly mentally ill, MMI, SMI, mental health treatment, mental health practitioner, mental health provider, mental health assessment, suicide prevention, S.B. 6422, A. 9342