H.R.4173 – Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017

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Week ending November 10, 2017

H.R.4173 – Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017

Brief

Under HR 4173 the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct a study on the outcomes and the efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line during the five-year period beginning January 1, 2014, based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the Veterans Crisis Line.

The study shall address the efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line in leading veterans to sustained mental health regimens, by determining the number of veterans who, after contacting the Veterans Crisis Line and being referred to a suicide prevention specialist, begin and continue mental health care furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and the number of veterans who, after contacting the Veterans Crisis Line and being referred to a suicide prevention specialist, either begin mental health care furnished by the Secretary but do not continue such care; or do not begin such care.

The study will also assess the visibility of the Veterans Crisis Line, by determining the number of veterans who contact the Veterans Crisis Line and have not previously received hospital care or medical services furnished by the Secretary; and the number of veterans who contact the Veterans Crisis Line and have previously received hospital care or medical services furnished by the Secretary.

The study hopes to determine whether receiving sustained mental health care affects suicidality and whether veterans previously receiving mental health care furnished by the Secretary use the Veterans Crisis Line in times of crisis by determining the time frame between receiving such care and the time of such contact.

(Full text of H.R. 4173 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3] (Introduced 10/31/2017)

Status: Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 420 – 0 (Roll no. 618)

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COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayers:  Data not available

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Dynamic Scoring:   Data not available

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

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Duplication of programs: Data not available

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Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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