Federal - HR 912

A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain improvements relating to mental health and suicide prevention outreach to minority veterans and American Indian and Alaska Native veterans, and for other purposes.

Introduced

February 8, 2021

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A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain improvements relating to mental health and suicide prevention outreach to minority veterans and American Indian and Alaska Native veterans, and for other purposes.

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  • July 28, 2021 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

    July 28, 2021 — Committee Vote: Native American and Alaska Native Veterans Mental Health — Minority Population Identification
      Bost, R-Ill. —

    Amendment to the Brownley, D-Calif., substitute amendment that would require the Veterans Affairs secretary, "to the extent practicable," ensure that each VA medical center has at least one minority veteran coordinator. It also would strike language to require that coordinator is a full-time employee.

    It also would add language to require the VA, within 120 days of the bill's enactment, to identify the population of minority veterans, including Native American and Alaska Native veterans, within the catchment area of each VA medical center.

    It also would add language to specify that the bill's provisions would apply to "minority veterans population, " including Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    July 28, 2021 — Committee Vote: Native American and Alaska Native Veterans Mental Health — Substitute Amendment
      Brownley, D-Calif. —

    Substitute amendment that would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a grant program, known as the Governors Challenge Program to provide technical assistance to states and Native American and Alaska Native tribes to develop veteran suicide prevention activities.

    It also would make technical corrections and changes.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    July 28, 2021 — Committee Vote: Native American and Alaska Native Veterans Mental Health — Vote to Report

    Direct the Veterans Affairs Department, within 90 days of the bill's enactment, to ensure that each VA medical center has at least one full-time employee whose responsibility is to serve as a minority veteran coordinator.

    The bill also would require the Veterans Affairs secretary, in consultation with the Indian Health Service and the director of the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and within 180 days of enactment, to ensure that all minority veteran coordinators receive training in delivery of culturally appropriate mental health and suicide prevention services to Native American and Alaska Native veterans.

    It also would require the VA secretary, in consultation with the director of the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and within 180 days of enactment, to ensure that the suicide prevention coordinator and minority veteran coordinator of each VA medical center have developed and disseminated a written plan for conducting mental health and suicide prevention outreach to all tribes and urban Native American health organizations within the areas served by the medical center.

    It also would require the department, within 180 days of enactment, to submit to House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees a report on outreach efforts to minority veterans and Native American and Alaska Native veterans.

    As amended, it also would direct the VA to create a grant program, known as the Governors Challenge Program to provide technical assistance to states and Native American and Alaska Native tribes to develop veteran suicide prevention activities.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.
  • Feb. 8, 2021 — Read twice and referred to: House Veterans' Affairs.Congressional Record p. H480