S.1881 - Prioritizing Veterans Access to Mental Health Care Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA] (Introduced 09/28/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 09/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1881 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (09/28/2017)
Prioritizing Veterans Access to Mental Health Care Act of 2017
This bill amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to make a veteran seeking mental health care in a non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) entity eligible for such care if the veteran provides a written statement (which may be sent electronically or made in person or by fax) that the veteran seeks mental health care from the VA and has not received timely and adequate mental health care through a VA facility or health care provider.
The VA shall give health professional hiring priority to those health professionals for which there is the greatest need, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health care providers.