CHEYENNE - A draft bill would establish a procedure for judges to follow in ordering mentally ill people accused of serious crimes to take anti-psychotic drugs to make them competent to stand trial.
The Select Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is sponsoring a bill in the legislative session that starts Jan. 13. The State Hospital in Evanston requested the bill.
Officials say the bill would make state law conform with the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
The bill would require judges to find that the drugs would be likely to make the person competent to stand trial.
The drugs must be unlikely to have side effects that would significantly interfere with the person's ability to assist in their defense. The drugs also must be medically appropriate and in the accused person's best medical interests.