Marcus alert system; participation in the system is optional for localities, etc. (SB361)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Marcus alert system; participation. Extends the date by which localities shall establish voluntary databases to be made available to the 9-1-1 alert system and the Marcus alert system to provide relevant mental health information and emergency contact information for appropriate response to an emergency or crisis from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2023, and provides an exemption to the requirement that localities establish protocols for local law-enforcement agencies to enter into memorandums of agreement with mobile crisis response providers regarding requests for law-enforcement back-up during mobile crisis or community care team response and minimum standards, best practices, and a system for the review and approval of protocols for law-enforcement participation in the Marcus alert system for localities with a population that is less than or equal to 40,000, so that localities with a population that is less than or equal to 40,000 may but are not required to establish such protocols. The bill also requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to include in its annual report to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committees for Courts of Justice and on Health, Welfare and Institutions, the Senate Committees on the Judiciary and Education and Health, and the Behavioral Health Commission information regarding barriers to establishment of local Marcus alert programs and community care or mobile crisis teams to provide mobile crisis response in geographical areas served by community services boards or behavioral health agencies in which such programs and teams have not been established and a plan for addressing such barriers. This bill is identical to HB 1191. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102006D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/2022Assigned Education sub: Health
01/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB361)
01/27/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2022Committee substitute printed 22105304D-S1
01/28/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2022Read second time
01/31/2022Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105304D-S1
01/31/2022Passed by for the day
02/01/2022Passed by for the day
02/02/2022Floor substitute printed 22105835D-S2 (McPike)
02/02/2022Passed by for the day
02/03/2022Passed by for the day
02/04/2022Floor substitute printed 22106013D-S3 (Stuart)
02/04/2022Read second time
02/04/2022Committee substitute reconsidered (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Committee substitute rejected 22105111D-S1
02/04/2022Substitute by Senator McPike withdrawn 22105835D-S2
02/04/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2022Substitute by Senator Stuart agreed to 22106013D-S3
02/04/2022Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB361S3
02/07/2022Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB361S3)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/23/2022Assigned PS sub: Subcommittee #2
02/24/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/25/2022Reported from Public Safety with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Committee substitute printed 22106957D-H1
03/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB361H1)
03/01/2022Read second time
03/02/2022Read third time
03/02/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106957D-H1
03/02/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB361H1
03/02/2022Passed House with substitute (93-Y 7-N)
03/02/2022VOTE: Passage (93-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022House substitute rejected by Senate 22106957D-H1 (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022House insisted on substitute
03/07/2022House requested conference committee
03/08/2022Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2022Senators: Stuart, McPike, Hashmi
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Ransone, Ballard, Kory
03/10/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/10/2022Conference substitute printed 22107573D-S4
03/11/2022Passed by temporarily
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 47-N)
03/11/2022VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB361ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
03/23/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB361ER)
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 613 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0613)


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

OPPOSE this bill that makes local participation optional for the new Marcus alert system for people having a mental health crisis. How law enforcement responds in these situations should not vary by the locality in which you live.

LRIDD (Legal Reform for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled), tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

OPPOSE this bill that makes the Marcus Alert system optional for local governments. LRIDD worked hard to ensure that we begin the process of removing police from responding to incidents involving a person experiencing a mental health crisis. This needs to be a statewide program if we are to reduce the high incidence of death and injury to individuals and police in these kinds of cases.

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