Senate Bill 785
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019
Became Law
Amendments
Became Law
Became Public Law 116-171 on Oct 17, 2020
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Mar 13, 2019
Latest Action
Oct 17, 2020
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
785
Congress
116
Policy Area
Armed Forces and National Security
Armed Forces and National Security
Primary focus of measure is military operations and spending, facilities, procurement and weapons, personnel, intelligence; strategic materials; war and emergency powers; veterans’ issues. Measures concerning alliances and collective security, arms sales and military assistance, or arms control may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Montana
Alabama
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Illinois
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Minnesota
Mississippi
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Mexico
New Mexico
North Dakota
North Dakota
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Virginia
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Passed
August 5, 2020
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.(text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S4961-4976)
Summary

Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019

This bill makes various updates related to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) transition assistance, mental health care, and telehealth care.

First, the bill expands the VA's transition assistance efforts, including by expanding eligibility for VA hospital care and medical services to recently discharged or released veterans during the one-year period following their discharge or release from active service.

Next, the bill requires the VA to make grants and take specific actions towards preventing veteran suicide.

The bill requires the VA to conduct various studies, implement temporary programs, and issue updated guidelines related to the causes, diagnoses, and treatment of veterans' mental health issues.

The VA must conduct a study and establish measurable goals related to the effectiveness of its suicide prevention and mental health outreach materials and campaigns.

The bill requires the Government Accountability Office to review and report on several of the VA's efforts, including the effort to integrate mental health care into VA primary care clinics.

The bill makes several changes related to the VA's mental health workforce, including expanding direct hiring authority. Among other requirements, the VA must implement the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Service Scholarship Program and must address staffing shortages of psychiatrists and psychologists.

Finally, the bill requires the VA to award grants to entities for the expansion of telehealth capabilities and provision of telehealth services to veterans. Additionally, the VA must assess current telehealth security protocols used by other entities and implement a standardized telehealth security protocol at VA facilities.

Text (4)
Amendments (1)
Aug 05, 2020
Agreed to in Senate
2
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 2594
In the nature of a substitute.
Agreed To
Public Record
Created
Mar 14, 2019 4:42:08 AM
Updated
Feb 1, 2021 10:22:41 PM