To amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to conduct periodic mental health assessments for members of the Armed Forces and to submit reports with respect to mental health, and for other purposes.
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 ``Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014''.
SEC. 2. ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.
(a) Mental Health Assessments.-- (1) In general.--Chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1074m the following new section: ``Sec. 1074n. Annual mental health assessments for members of the armed forces ``(a) Mental Health Assessments.--Subject to subsection (d), not less frequently than once each calendar year, the Secretary of Defense shall provide a person-to-person mental health assessment for-- ``(1) each member of the armed forces on active duty; and ``(2) each member of the Ready Reserve of an armed force. ``(b) Purpose.--The purpose of a mental health assessment provided pursuant to this section shall be to identify mental health conditions among members of the armed forces in order to determine which such members are in need of additional care, treatment, or other services for such health conditions. ``(c) Elements.--The mental health assessments provided pursuant to this section shall-- ``(1) be conducted in accordance with the requirements of subsection (c)(1) of section 1074m of this title...