H. R. 137
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 4, 2021
Ms. Jackson Lee introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To authorize funding to increase access to mental health care treatment to reduce gun violence.
This Act may be cited as the
Mental Health Access and Gun Violence Prevention Act of 2021.
The Congress finds as follows:
Suicide is the leading cause of gun related deaths in America. More than 60 percent of deaths by guns in the country are the result of individuals using these weapons as a means to commit suicide. Some of these deaths might have been prevented if there were adequate background checks.
Victims of domestic abuse are more likely to become victims of homicide when a gun is present. Further, individuals who suffer from mental illnesses are more likely to be victims rather than perpetrators of violence.
Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have a mental illness and nearly half of all adults in America will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime.
Less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need.
Authorization of funding to increase access to mental health care treatment to reduce gun violence
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Commissioner of Social Security $500,000,000 for fiscal year 2022 to carry out programs and activities authorized by provisions of law other than this Act—
to increase access to mental health care treatment and services; and
to encourage and assist the reporting of relevant disqualifying mental health information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.