Summary: S.1512 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (03/24/1994)

Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to: (1) designate not more than five facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs as locations for centers of mental illness research, education and training, and clinical activities; (2) subject to appropriations, establish and operate such centers; (3) designate one such center by January 1, 1994; and (4) ensure that such centers are located in various geographic regions.

Requires the official within the Central Office of the Veterans Health Administration responsible for mental health and behavioral science matters to establish a panel to assess the scientific and clinical merit of proposals submitted to the Secretary for the establishment of new centers. Requires at least three centers to emphasize research into improving the quality of care provided to mentally ill veterans through the development of community-based alternatives to institutional treatment.

Requires the Under Secretary for Health of the Department to: (1) ensure that research conducted at such centers includes an appropriate emphasis on the psychosocial dimension of mental illness and on the means of furnishing care and treatment to veterans suffering from mental illness; and (2) disseminate information produced at such centers. Authorizes appropriations. Requires reports.