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H.R. 523: Community Health Center Mental Health Screening Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 523

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2021

(for herself and Ms. Blunt Rochester) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to Federally qualified health centers for purposes of conducting mental and behavioral health screenings, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Community Health Center Mental Health Screening Act.

2.

Grants to Federally qualified health centers for mental and behavioral health screenings

Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(s)

Mental and behavioral screening grants

(1)

In general

The Secretary of Health and Human Services may award grants to Federally qualified health centers (as defined in section 1861(aa) of the Social Security Act) for purposes of—

(A)

purchasing equipment and supplies to conduct mental and behavioral health screenings or provide mental health services;

(B)

hiring and training personnel to conduct such mental and behavioral health screenings or provide mental health services; and

(C)

assisting patients with out of pocket costs associated with such mental and behavioral health screenings or mental health services.

(2)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection, in addition to any funds authorized to be appropriated or appropriated for health centers under any other subsection of this section, $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2027.

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