H.R.2189 - Sgt. Jonathan Schulze Military Health Services Improvement Act of 2007

To require pre- and post-deployment mental health screenings for members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Sgt. Jonathan Schulze Military Health Services Improvement Act of 2007 as introduced.
  • Official: To require pre- and post-deployment mental health screenings for members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes. as introduced.

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Official Summary

Sgt. Jonathan Schulze Military Health Services Improvement Act of 2007 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to prescribe a requirement that members of the Armed Forces: (1) deploying to a combat theater receive a pre-deployment mental health evaluation conducted by a qualified mental health p

Official Summary

Sgt. Jonathan Schulze Military Health Services Improvement Act of 2007 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to prescribe a requirement that members of the Armed Forces:
(1) deploying to a combat theater receive a pre-deployment mental health evaluation conducted by a qualified mental health professional; and
(2) returning from service of more than 30 days in a combat theater, or injured in a combat theater, receive a post-deployment combat stress evaluation conducted by a qualified mental health professional. Directs the Secretary to implement a program designed to:
(1) raise awareness about mental health issues that members may encounter during and after deployment; and
(2) reduce the stigma associated with mental health care. Directs the Secretary to develop a program to improve awareness of the availability of mental health services for, and warning signs about mental health problems in, dependents of members who served or will serve in a combat theater during the previous or next 60 days. Requires such program to include a toll-free number and informational website. Directs the Secretary:
(1) and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into a memorandum of understanding to improve the transition of mental health-related cases from the Department of Defense (DOD) to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA);
(2) of Veterans Affairs to implement a pilot program to treat female victims of combat stress;
(3) to create an information clearinghouse to improve the availability of information about mental health professionals who treat combat stress; and
(4) to provide for the availability (for afour-year period) of mental health services under the TRICARE program (a DOD managed health care program) for reserve personnel who performed certain active duty (and their family members).

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