H.R.6968 - Helping Those Who Serve Act110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4] (Introduced 09/18/2008)|
|Committees:||House - Armed Services|
|Latest Action:||09/30/2008 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.6968 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (09/18/2008)
Helping Those Who Serve Act - Directs the Secretary of Defense to conduct a demonstration project (project) designed to: (1) increase access of members of the Armed Forces (members) returning from deployment abroad, and their families, to accessible, safe, and confidential mental health counseling; (2) reduce the stigma and career repercussions associated with seeking such services; and (3) make high-quality mental health services more user-friendly to such members and their families.
Requires the Secretary to: (1) establish a Special Working Group to develop guidelines and recommendations to ensure the protection of confidentiality for members participating in the project; (2) establish an advisory group to oversee project implementation; (3) submit project reports to the congressional defense committees; and (4) conduct a study of reasons for attrition among military mental health professionals, and make recommendations to increase the recruitment and retention of such individuals.