H.R. 838, the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act

Whether it’s a shooting, stabbing, weaponized vehicle, or bombing, mass casualty events are occurring too often. These horrific tragedies are impacting our nation indiscriminately. Americans want a solution – I believe we’ve found one.

For decades, a process to identify, investigate, assess, and mitigate threats has been in place to counter targeted violence. Pioneered by the U.S. Secret Service, behavioral threat assessment and management has proven successful in protecting our presidents and foreign dignitaries. If this process works to protect the president, elected officials, foreign dignitaries, and even celebrities, why aren’t we using it to protect our children and local communities?

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The TAPS Act:

• Will identify a behavioral threat assessment and management process that can be adapted and used across the nation while recognizing the unique needs of different communities

• Will provide States the training, resources, and support needed to stand up community-based, multidisciplinary behavioral threat assessment and management units

• Recognizes that the behavioral threat assessment and management concept should become part of the culture and fabric of contemporary law enforcement

• Urges that this is a matter of national security – if we act now and work together, we can save lives

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TAPS Act Media Mentions:



TAPS Act Endorsements:

Allen Police Department
American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
American Association for Emergency Psychiatry (AAEP)
American Dance Therapy Association
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Group Psychotherapy Association
American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare
Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP)
Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)
Clinical Social Work Association 
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP)
County of San Diego
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA)
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA)
Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE)
Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice
Hillsboro Police Department
Houston Police Department
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Judge Wayne McDaniel - Hardin County, TX
LiveSafe Inc.
Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA)
Mike Scott - Hillsboro School District Superintendent
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health 
National Association for Rural Mental Health
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
National Board for Certified Counselors
National Center for Citizen Safety (NCCSAFE)
National Council for Behavioral Health
National District Attorneys Association (NDAA)
National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
National Register of Health Service Psychologists 
National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police (NCACP)
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI)
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN)
San Bernardino City Unified School District Police Department
San Diego County District Attorney

San Diego County Office of Education
Sandy Hook Promise
Sheriff Michael Reese - Multnomah County, OR
Sheriff Todd Baxter - Monroe County, NY
National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health 
Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA)
Treatment Communities of America
Tyonek Native Corporation
University of North Carolina System
WalkUp Foundation

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