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S. 785: Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019


A bill to improve mental health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Jon Tester

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Montana. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 25, 2020
Length: 54 pages
Introduced
Mar 13, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 17, 2020

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 17, 2020.

Law
Pub.L. 116-171
Source

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Robs Rundown: Week of September 7 September 11, 2020
    — Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 11, 2020

Landmark Veterans Mental Health Bill Signed into Law by President Trump
    — Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 19, 2020

Hayes Sponsored Legislation To Improve Mental Health Care For Veterans Included In Legislation That Passed The House
    — Rep. Jahana Hayes [D-CT5] on Sep 23, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates S. 785 will add $277 million in new spending through 2025.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 3495: Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act

Ordered Reported on Dec 5, 2019. 61% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1906: Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act

Introduced on Jun 19, 2019. 61% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5440: Remembering the Life of Kyle Poteat Act

Introduced on Dec 16, 2019. 56% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4182: Women Veterans Support Act

Introduced on Aug 9, 2019. 36% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8107: VA Emergency Department Safety Planning Act

Introduced on Aug 25, 2020. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5030: VA Suicide Prevention Services Accountability Act

Introduced on Nov 8, 2019. 69% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8147: TREAT Act

Introduced on Sep 1, 2020. 61% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8108: VA Serious Mental Illness Act

Introduced on Aug 25, 2020. 95% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3210: Improving Mental Health Care for Veterans Act of 2020

Introduced on Jan 16, 2020. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8172: VA Research Technology Act

Introduced on Sep 4, 2020. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3224: VA Research Approval Efficiency Act of 2020

Introduced on Jan 21, 2020. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3195: Promoting Coordination for Veteran Suicide Prevention Act of 2020

Introduced on Jan 15, 2020. 68% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8173: VA High Altitude and Suicide Research Act

Introduced on Sep 4, 2020. 94% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8149: VA Precision Medicine Act

Introduced on Sep 1, 2020. 76% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2972: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve the communications of the Department of Veterans Affairs relating to services available for women veterans, and for other purposes.

Introduced on May 23, 2019. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8144: VA Mental Health Staffing Act

Introduced on Sep 1, 2020. 95% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7888: REACH VET reporting Act

Introduced on Jul 30, 2020. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

History

Mar 13, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

May 22, 2019
 
Considered by Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jan 29, 2020
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Aug 5, 2020
 
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 9, 2020
 
Considered by Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Sep 18, 2020
 
On House Schedule

The House indicated that this bill would be considered in the week ahead.

Sep 18, 2020
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

Sep 23, 2020
 
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Oct 17, 2020
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 785 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 785. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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