H.R.542 - To require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide mental health services in languages other than English, as needed, for veterans with limited English proficiency, and for other purposes.110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Solis, Hilda L. [D-CA-32] (Introduced 01/17/2007)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||04/26/2007 Subcommittee Hearings Held.|
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Summary: H.R.542 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (01/17/2007)
Amends federal veterans' benefits provisions to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in providing counseling and other mental health services to a veteran who has limited proficiency in English, to ensure that such services are available in both English and a language in which that veteran is proficient, if requested by the veteran.
Requires the Secretary to implement a system by which persons with limited English proficiency can access services provided by the Department of Veterans consistent with, and without unduly burdening, the Department's fundamental mission.
Requires a report from the Secretary to the congressional veterans' committees on the implementation by the Department's Veterans Health Administration of a specified directive to implement prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of national origin for persons with limited English proficiency in federally-conducted programs and activities and in federal financial-assisted programs.