Summary

S. 2300: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to conduct periodic mental health assessments for members of the Armed... Read More

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This bill was introduced on May 7, 2014, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Date Introduced
May 7, 2014

Bill Text

A BILL

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...

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The Honorable Senator Donnelly (IN) United States Senate 720 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 CC: The Honorable Roger Wicker (MS) Dear Senator Donnelly and Senator Wicker, On behalf of the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), we are writing to express support for your bill S. 2300, the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014, which would amend Title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) to conduct periodic mental health assessments for members of the Armed Forces and to submit reports with respect to mental health. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Center for Disease Control, more than 30,000 Veterans and military members have committed suicide since the Department of Defense (DOD) began closely tracking these incidents in 2009. Although there are hundreds of programs related to suicide prevention by DOD, they often lack evidence-based solutions or a process for evaluation and improvement. S. 2300 has four parts that will improve mental health screening among the Armed Services. First, the bill would require that all servicemembers across all branches and components must receive a mental health screening, which is person-to-person, at least once annually. Second, the bill would require an interagency working group with representatives from DOD and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review and recommend collaborative approaches to improving mental health services for the National Guard and Reserve and then report to congress. Third, the bill would require DOD to submit to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees a report with evaluations and recommendations regarding specific tools, processes and best practices to improve the military’s identification of and response to mental health conditions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) among members of the Armed Services. And fourth and finally, the bill would ensure that any health and personal information obtained is protected under current privacy laws. Thank you for your initiative in introducing legislation which seeks to help our military community through improved mental health assessment and treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 703-548-5800. Sincerely, Anthony A. Wallis Legislative Director, AUSN

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I support S. 2300 ("A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense") because soldiers with mental illnesses could pose a threat to the rest of their comrades. Tough mental illness exams and tests need to be done.

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kmillikan
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9 months ago

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I oppose S. 2300 ("A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense") because...I don't trust the intent of this because so far our government has gone way to far in the wrong direction only achieving the destruction and ruin of our country

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9 months ago

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