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Calendar No. 238
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1553
[Report No. 102-159]
A BILL
To establish a program of marriage and family counseling for certain veterans
of the Persian Gulf War and the spouses and families of such veterans.
September 24 (legislative day, SEPTEMBER 19), 1991
Reported with an amendment
S 1553 RS
Calendar No. 238
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1553
[Report No. 102-159]
To establish a program of marriage and family counseling for certain veterans
of the Persian Gulf War and the spouses and families of such veterans.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 24 (legislative day, JULY 8), 1991
Mr. CRANSTON (for himself, Mr. SPECTER, Mr. DECONCINI, Mr. GRAHAM, Mr. AKAKA,
Mr. DASCHLE, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mr. FORD, and Mr. CONRAD) introduced the following
bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
September 24 (legislative day, SEPTEMBER 19), 1991
Reported by Mr. CRANSTON, with an amendment
[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed
in italic]
A BILL
To establish a program of marriage and family counseling for certain veterans
of the Persian Gulf War and the spouses and families of such veterans.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
 [Struck out->] SECTION 1. PROGRAM FOR FURNISHING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
 COUNSELING. []   (a) REQUIREMENT- The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall
 conduct a program to furnish to the persons referred to in subsection
 (b) the marriage and family counseling services referred to in subsection
 (c). The Secretary shall commence the program not later than 30 days after
 the date of the enactment of this Act. The authority to conduct the program
 shall expire at the end of September 30, 1994. []   (b) PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR COUNSELING- The persons eligible
 to receive marriage and family counseling services under the program are--
 []   (1) veterans who were awarded a campaign medal for
 active-duty service during the Persian Gulf War and the spouses, children,
 and parents  of such veterans; and []   (2) members of the reserve components who were called
 or ordered to active duty during the Persian Gulf War and the spouses,
 children, and parents of such members. []   (c) COUNSELING SERVICES- Under the program, the Secretary
 may provide marriage and family counseling that the Secretary determines,
 based on an assessment by a mental-health professional employed by the
 Department and designated by the Secretary (or, in an area where no such
 professional is available, a mental-health professional designated by the
 Secretary and performing services under a contract or fee arrangement with
 the Secretary) is necessary for the amelioration of psychological, marital,
 or familial difficulties that result from the active duty service referred
 to in subsection (b) (1) or (2). []   (d) MANNER OF FURNISHING SERVICES- (1) The Secretary shall
 furnish the marriage and family counseling services under the program as
 follows: []   (A) By personnel of the Department of Veterans Affairs
 who are qualified to provide such counseling services. []   (B) By appropriately certified marriage and family counselors
 employed by the Department. []   (C) By appropriately qualified marriage and family counselors
 pursuant to contracts with the Department. []   (2) The Secretary shall establish the qualifications
 required of personnel under subparagraphs (A) and (C) of paragraph (1)
 and shall prescribe the training, experience, and certification required of
 appropriately certified marriage and family counselors under subparagraph
 (B) of such paragraph. []   (3) The Secretary may employ counselors to provide marriage
 and family counseling under paragraph (1)(B) and shall pay such counselors
 at the rates prevailing for such counseling among non-Department health-care
 professionals with similar training, experience, and certification in the
 locality in which such counselors provide such counseling, as determined
 by the Secretary. [] SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. []   For the purposes of this Act, the terms `veteran',
 `child', `parent', `active duty', `reserve component',  `spouse', and
 `Persian Gulf War' have the meanings given such terms in section 101(2),
 (4), (5), (21), (27), (31), and (33) of title 38, United States Code,
 respectively. [] SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. []   There is authorized to be appropriated $1,000,000 for
 fiscal year 1991 and $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1992, 1993, and
 1994 to carry out this Act.  Funds authorized to be appropriated under this
 section shall be considered to be emergency requirements for the purposes
 of section 251(b)(2)(D)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit
 Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 901(b)(2)(D)(i)), but may be obligated for the
 program conducted pursuant to section 1 only if the President designates
 an appropriation under this section as an emergency requirement pursuant
 to such section 251(b)(2)(D)(i). [] SEC. 4. REPORT. []   Not later than January 1, 1994, the Secretary shall submit
 to Congress a report on the program conducted pursuant to section 1. The
 report shall contain a description and evaluation of the program and shall
 include such recommendations with respect to the program as the Secretary
 considers appropriate. [