IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 27, 2019
Mr. Manchin (for himself, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Tester, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Blumenthal, and Mr. Sullivan) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To require the Federal Communications Commission to designate a 3-digit dialing code for veterans in crisis.
This Act may be cited as the
Suicide Prevention by Eliminating Excessive Digits Act of 2019 or the
Designation of 3-digit dialing code for veterans in crisis
In this section—
the term Commission means the Federal Communications Commission; and
the term covered dialing code means a simple, easy-to-remember, 3-digit dialing code.
As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission, in consultation with the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, shall designate a covered dialing code that veterans may use to reach a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, which system may be—
the Veterans Crisis Line;
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; or
Incorporation of study findings
In designating a covered dialing code under subsection (b), the Commission shall incorporate the findings of the study conducted under section 3(a) of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–233; 132 Stat. 2424).
Prioritizing implementation speed
Nothing in paragraph (1) shall be construed to authorize the Commission to delay the designation of a covered dialing code under subsection (b) until after the Commission submits the report under section 3(b) of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–233; 132 Stat. 2424).