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H.R. 2629 (116th): CARE for Reservists Act of 2019

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on May 9, 2019.

Care And Readiness Enhancement for Reservists Act of 2019 or the CARE for Reservists Act of 2019

This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide counseling without referral to any member of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who has a behavioral health condition or psychological trauma. Such counseling may include a comprehensive individual assessment, and outpatient services shall also be available.

The bill authorizes the VA to furnish mental health services to reservists.

The bill also expands specified VA programs to include reservists for the provision of (1) comprehensive suicide prevention, and (2) mental health treatment for veterans who served in classified missions.