S. Amdt. 3111 - In the Nature of a Substitute.

110th Congress (2007-2008) View amendment details
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This is an amendment to H.R. 327 - Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
Senate Vote: Amendment SA 3111 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

PASSED by voice vote on September 27, 2007.

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Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act

H.R. 327 — 110th Congress (2007–2008)

Summary
To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans. (by CRS)
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Title
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans.
Other Titles
  • Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
  • Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
  • Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
  • Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
  • Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
  • To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans.
Sponsor
Leonard Boswell
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Veterans
  • Access to health care
  • Afghanistan
  • Aged
  • Armed forces
  • Armed forces abroad
  • Armed forces reserves
  • Congressional reporting requirements
  • Counseling
  • Criminal justice
  • Defense policy
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Employee training
  • Executive departments
  • Families
  • Family services
  • Federal employees
  • Geriatrics
  • Government contractors
  • Government employees
  • Health counseling
  • Health education
  • Health information systems
  • Health policy
  • Iraq
  • Iraq compilation
  • Job training
  • Medical care
  • Medical research
  • Medical screening
  • Medical tests
  • Medicine
  • Mental depression
  • Mental health services
  • Mental illness
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Military occupation
  • Military operations
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Preventive medicine
  • Psychotherapy
  • Public contracts
  • Science policy
  • Social services
  • South Asia
  • Suicide
  • Telecommunication
  • Telephone
  • Terrorism
  • Veterans' medical care
  • Victims of crimes
  • Volunteer workers
  • Women
  • Women veterans
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced1/09/2007
Referred to Committee
Amendments (1 proposed)
Passed House3/21/2007
Passed Senate9/27/2007
Signed by President11/05/2007
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
select this voteHouseOn Passage - House - H.R. 327 Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act - Under Suspension of the Rules3/21/2007This bill PASSED the House
423 voted YES 0 voted NO 10 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.9/27/2007PASSED by voice vote
currently selectedSenateAmendment SA 3111 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.9/27/2007PASSED by voice vote
select this voteHouseSuspend the Rules and Agree to the Senate Amendment: H.R. 327 Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act10/23/2007This motion PASSED the House
417 voted YES 0 voted NO 15 voted present/not voting
ActionDateDescription
Introduced1/09/2007
1/09/2007Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
3/02/2007Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
3/13/2007Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
3/13/2007Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .
3/15/2007Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Put on a legislative calendar3/15/2007Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
3/21/2007Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 110-55.
Put on a legislative calendar3/21/2007Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 26.
3/21/2007Mr. Filner moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
3/21/2007Considered under suspension of the rules.
3/21/2007DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 327.
3/21/2007At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
3/21/2007Considered as unfinished business.
3/21/2007The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
select this voteHouse Vote on Passage3/21/2007On Passage - House - H.R. 327 Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act - Under Suspension of the Rules
3/22/2007Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
9/27/2007Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
9/27/2007Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
select this voteSenate Vote on Passage9/27/2007Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
9/27/2007Amendment SA 3111 proposed by Senator Brown for Senator Harkin.
currently selectedVote9/27/2007Amendment SA 3111 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
9/28/2007Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Presented to President10/23/2007Cleared for White House.
10/23/2007On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 417 - 0 (Roll No. 987).
select this voteVote10/23/2007Suspend the Rules and Agree to the Senate Amendment: H.R. 327 Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
10/24/2007Mr. Filner moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
10/24/2007DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 327.
10/24/2007At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
Presented to President10/24/2007Presented to President.
Signed11/05/2007Signed by President.
Enacted11/05/2007Became Public Law No: 110-110.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
currently selectedS. Amdt. 3111Harkin, Thomas [D-IA]September 27, 2007Passed by voice vote on September 27, 2007.

In the nature of a substitute.

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September 27, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 3111 proposed by Senator Brown for Senator Harkin.
September 27, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 3111 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

Full Text of this Amendment

SA 3111. Mr. BROWN (for Mr. HARKIN) proposed an amendment to the bill H.R. 327, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans; as follows:

Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following:
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act''.
SEC. 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS.
It is the sense of Congress that--
(1) suicide among veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (in this section referred to as ``PTSD'') is a serious problem; and
(2) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should take into consideration the special needs of veterans suffering from PTSD and the special needs of elderly veterans who are at high risk for depression and experience high rates of suicide in developing and implementing the comprehensive program under this Act.
SEC. 3. COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AMONG VETERANS.
(a) In General.--
(1) COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AMONG VETERANS.--Chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:``§1720F. Comprehensive program for suicide prevention among veterans

``(a) Establishment.--The Secretary shall develop and carry out a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans incorporating the components described in this section.

``(b) Staff Education.--In carrying out the comprehensive program under this section, the Secretary shall provide for mandatory training for appropriate staff and contractors (including all medical personnel) of the Department who interact with veterans. This training shall cover information appropriate to the duties being performed by such staff and contractors. The training shall include information on--
``(1) recognizing risk factors for suicide;
``(2) proper protocols for responding to crisis situations involving veterans who may be at high risk for suicide; and
``(3) best practices for suicide prevention.
``(c) Health Assessments of Veterans.--In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary shall direct that medical staff offer mental health in their overall health assessment when veterans seek medical care at a Department medical facility (including a center established under section 1712A of this title) and make referrals, at the request of the veteran concerned, to appropriate counseling and treatment programs for veterans who show signs or symptoms of mental health problems.
``(d) Designation of Suicide Prevention Counselors.--In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary shall designate a suicide prevention counselor at each Department medical facility other than centers established under section 1712A of this title. Each counselor shall work with local emergency rooms, police departments, mental health organizations, and veterans service organizations to engage in outreach to veterans and improve the coordination of mental health care to veterans.
``(e) Best Practices Research.--In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary shall provide for research on best practices for suicide prevention among veterans. Research shall be conducted under this subsection in consultation with the heads of the following entities:
``(1) The Department of Health and Human Services.
``(2) The National Institute of Mental Health.
``(3) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
``(4) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
``(f) Sexual Trauma Research.--In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary shall provide for research on mental health care for veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while in military service. The research design shall include consideration of veterans of a reserve component.
``(g) 24-Hour Mental Health Care.--In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary shall provide for mental health care availability to veterans on a 24-hour basis.
``(h) Hotline.--In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary may provide for a toll-free hotline for veterans to be staffed by appropriately trained mental health personnel and available at all times.
``(i) Outreach and Education for Veterans and Families.--In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary shall provide for outreach to and education for veterans and the families of veterans, with special emphasis on providing information to veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and the families of such veterans. Education to promote mental health shall include information designed to--
``(1) remove the stigma associated with mental illness;
``(2) encourage veterans to seek treatment and assistance for mental illness;
``(3) promote skills for coping with mental illness; and
``(4) help families of veterans with--
``(A) understanding issues arising from the readjustment of veterans to civilian life;
``(B) identifying signs and symptoms of mental illness; and
``(C) encouraging veterans to seek assistance for mental illness.
``(j) Peer Support Counseling Program.--(1) In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary may establish and carry out a peer support counseling program, under which veterans shall be permitted to volunteer as peer counselors--
``(A) to assist other veterans with issues related to mental health and readjustment; and
``(B) to conduct outreach to veterans and the families of veterans.
``(2) In carrying out the peer support counseling program under this subsection, the Secretary shall provide adequate training for peer counselors.
``(k) Other Components.--In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary may provide for other actions to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans that the Secretary considers appropriate.''.
(2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.--The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

``1720F. Comprehensive program for suicide prevention among veterans.''.
(b) Report to Congress.--
(1) REPORT REQUIRED.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress a report on the comprehensive program under section 1720F of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).
(2) CONTENTS OF REPORT.--The report shall contain the following:
(A) Information on the status of the implementation of such program.
(B) Information on the time line and costs for complete implementation of the program within two years.
(C) A plan for additional programs and activities designed to reduce the occurrence of suicide among veterans.
(D) Recommendations for further legislation or administrative action that the Secretary considers appropriate to improve suicide prevention programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Sep 27, 2007.)

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