The first bill deadline fate of the Behavioral Justice Reinvestment Initiative (BHJRI) has been made clear. SB 973 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with the -2 amendments  on April 9 and will now be the vehicle for BHJRI, an identical BHJRI companion bill in the House Chamberwas not pursued (HB 3281). The ‘gut and stuff’ -2 amendments to SB 973 would create a BHJRI grant program and review committee through the Criminal Justice Commission (CJC). Under the bill, BHJRI’s grant program and the review committee would be separate and distinct from the original, ongoing Justice Reinvestment Initiative