H.R.4640 - Veteran Suicide Prevention Act114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Jolly, David W. [R-FL-13] (Introduced 02/26/2016)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/07/2016 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.4640 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (02/26/2016)
Veteran Suicide Prevention Act
This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to complete a publicly available review of the deaths of all covered veterans who died by suicide during the preceding five-year period.
Such review shall include:
- the total number of veterans who died by suicide during the five-year period;
- a summary that includes age, gender, and race;
- a list of the medications prescribed to, and found in the systems of, such veterans at the time of their deaths, and a summary of medical diagnoses by VA physicians which led to the prescribing of such medications;
- the number of instances in which the veteran was concurrently on multiple medications prescribed by VA physicians;
- the percentage of veterans who were not taking any medication prescribed by a VA physician;
- the percentage of veterans with combat experience or trauma;
- Veterans Health Administration facilities with markedly high prescription and patient suicide rates;
- a description of VA policies governing the prescribing of medications; and
- recommendations to improve the safety and well-being of veterans.
"Covered veteran" means any veteran who received VA hospital care or medical services during the five-year period preceding the veteran's death.