H.R. 327 (110th): Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act

Jan 09, 2007 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 110-110.
Leonard Boswell
Representative for Iowa's 3rd congressional district
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Last Updated
Oct 23, 2007
4 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 5771 (109th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 12, 2006

S. 479 (Related)
Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jun 27, 2007


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 5, 2007.

Introduced Jan 09, 2007
Referred to Committee Jan 09, 2007
Reported by Committee Mar 15, 2007
Passed House Mar 21, 2007
Passed Senate with Changes Sep 27, 2007
House Agreed to Changes Oct 23, 2007
Signed by the President Nov 05, 2007
Full Title

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.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Mar 21, 2007 5:21 p.m.
Passed 423/0

152 cosponsors (132D, 20R) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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11/5/2007--Public Law.
Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act - Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) suicide among veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem; and (2) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in developing and implementing the comprehensive program outlined in this Act, should take into consideration the special needs of such veterans and of elderly veterans who are at high risk for depression and experience high rates of suicide.
Directs the Secretary to develop and carry out a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans.
Requires the program to include:
(1) mandatory training for appropriate staff and contractors of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who interact with veterans;
(2) mental health assessments of veterans;
(3) designation of a suicide prevention counselor at each Department medical facility;
(4) research on best practices for suicide prevention;
(5) mental health care for veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while in military service;
(6) 24-hour veterans' mental health care availability;
(7) a toll-free hotline; and
(8) outreach and education for veterans and their families.
Authorizes the Secretary to develop and carry a peer support counseling program as part of such program.
Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the program.

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