House Bill 6411
117th Congress(2021-2022)
STRONG Veterans Act of 2022
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Passed House on Jun 23, 2022
Overview
Text
Introduced
Jan 18, 2022
Latest Action
Jul 11, 2022
Origin Chamber
House
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
6411
Congress
117
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
California
Maryland
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
Illinois
Illinois
Maryland
California
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New Jersey
North Carolina
North Carolina
Northern Mariana Islands
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Washington
Washington
House Votes (1)
Senate Votes (0)
Passed
June 23, 2022
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 House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
Summary

Support The Resiliency of Our Nation's Great Veterans Act of 2022 or the STRONG Veterans Act of 2022

This bill addresses mental health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including by requiring the VA to update training for the VA workforce and Veterans Crisis Line staff, implement pilot programs, expand access to mental health care, conduct studies and research, and provide outreach to veterans regarding mental health resources.

Among other requirements, the VA must

  • ensure its medical centers have at least one full-time minority veteran coordinator and that such coordinators receive training on culturally appropriate mental health and suicide prevention services for American Indian and Alaska Native veterans;
  • increase the number of full-time equivalent employees at Vet Centers and paid mental health trainees in the VA's workforce;
  • expand specified scholarships and loan repayment programs for mental health providers and students;
  • review and update the training for Veterans Crisis Line responders and social service assistants;
  • designate a Buddy Check Week to organize outreach events and educate veterans on conducting peer wellness checks;
  • update the Veterans Justice Outreach Program, including by conducting program outreach to justice-involved veterans;
  • make permanent and expand the Peer Specialist Support program;
  • expand eligibility for Vet Center services;
  • offer mental health consultations to certain veterans;
  • improve the assessment and treatment of veterans with sleep disorders; and
  • perform various studies and research related to mental health issues and care.

Additionally, the bill permanently authorizes and expands the Solid Start program.

Text (4)
July 11, 2022
June 23, 2022
June 22, 2022
January 18, 2022
Actions (14)
07/11/2022
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
06/23/2022
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/23/2022
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H5845-5851)
06/23/2022
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
06/23/2022
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6411.
06/23/2022
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5845-5853)
06/23/2022
Mr. Levin (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
06/22/2022
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 292.
06/22/2022
Reported by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 117-382.
02/02/2022
Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
02/02/2022
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
01/20/2022
Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
01/18/2022
Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
01/18/2022
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Jan 19, 2022 8:14:25 AM
Record Updated
Aug 8, 2022 4:30:18 PM