H.R.327 - Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act

To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans. view all titles (7)

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  • Official: To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans. as amended by house.
  • Short: Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act as enacted.
  • Official: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans. as introduced.
  • Short: Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act as introduced.
  • Short: Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act as passed house.
  • Short: Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act as reported to house.

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Representative

Leonard Boswell

D-IA

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Latest Vote

Result: Passed - October 23, 2007

Roll call number 987 in the House

Question: Suspend the Rules and Agree to the Senate Amendment: H R 327 Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act

 

Official Summary

Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act - Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) suicide among veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem; and (2) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in developing and implementing the comprehensive program outl

Official Summary

Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act - Expresses the sense of Congress that:
(1) suicide among veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem; and
(2) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in developing and implementing the comprehensive program outlined in this Act, should take into consideration the special needs of such veterans and of elderly veterans who are at high risk for depression and experience high rates of suicide. Directs the Secretary to develop and carry out a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans. Requires the program to include:
(1) mandatory training for appropriate staff and contractors of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who interact with veterans;
(2) mental health assessments of veterans;
(3) designation of a suicide prevention counselor at each Department medical facility;
(4) research on best practices for suicide prevention;
(5) mental health care for veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while in military service;
(6) 24-hour veterans' mental health care availability;
(7) a toll-free hotline; and
(8) outreach and education for veterans and their families. Authorizes the Secretary to develop and carry a peer support counseling program as part of such program. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the program.

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