Text: H.R.2826 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/17/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2826


To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for behavioral and mental health outreach and education strategies to reduce stigma associated with mental health among the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander population.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 17, 2019

Ms. Judy Chu of California (for herself and Mrs. Napolitano) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for behavioral and mental health outreach and education strategies to reduce stigma associated with mental health among the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander population.

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 “Stop Mental Health Stigma in Our Communities Act”.

SEC. 2. Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander behavioral and mental health outreach and education strategies.

Part D of title V of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 290dd et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 553. Behavioral and mental health outreach and education strategies.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, shall, in coordination with advocacy and behavioral and mental health organizations serving populations of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals or communities, develop and implement an outreach and education strategy to promote behavioral and mental health and reduce stigma associated with mental health conditions and substance abuse among the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations. Such strategy shall—

“(1) be designed to—

“(A) meet the diverse cultural and language needs of the various Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations; and

“(B) ensure such strategies are developmentally and age appropriate;

“(2) increase awareness of symptoms of mental illnesses common among such populations, taking into account differences within subgroups, such as gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, of such populations;

“(3) provide information on evidence-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate and adapted interventions and treatments;

“(4) ensure full participation of, and engage, both consumers and community members in the development and implementation of materials; and

“(5) seek to broaden the perspective among both individuals in these communities and stakeholders serving these communities to use a comprehensive public health approach to promoting behavioral health that addresses a holistic view of health by focusing on the intersection between behavioral and physical health.

“(b) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $300,000 for fiscal year 2020.”.


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