Summary: H.R.411 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/10/2017)

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.