Text: H.R.6998 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/23/2008)


110th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6998


To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide education and training to emergency response providers and community leaders relating to the mental health of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 23, 2008

Mr. Mahoney of Florida introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide education and training to emergency response providers and community leaders relating to the mental health of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Veterans Mental Health Training for First Responders and Community Leaders Act of 2008”.

SEC. 2. Pilot program on education and training of emergency response providers on mental health issues of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

(a) Pilot program.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry out a three-year pilot program under which the Secretary shall provide education and training about covered mental health conditions to emergency response providers and community leaders.

(b) Location of pilot program.—The Secretary shall carry out the pilot program under this section in Veterans Integrated Service Networks selected by the Secretary.

(c) Definitions.—For purposes of this Act:

(1) The term “covered mental health conditions” means post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury, and other mental health conditions identified by the Secretary as being related to deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

(2) The term “emergency response providers” means emergency public safety, fire, law enforcement, emergency response, and emergency medical providers.

(3) The term “community leaders” means judges, elected officials, officers of local veterans organizations, and other individuals identified by the Secretary.

(d) Reports to Congress.—Not later than 90 days after the last day of the pilot program under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the pilot program. Such report shall include—

(1) the locations in which the Secretary carries out the pilot program;

(2) the number of individuals who participate in the program;

(3) the types of activities carried out under the program;

(4) an assessment of the effectiveness of the program; and

(5) the recommendations of the Secretary with respect to the extension or expansion of the program.


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