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H.R. 5703: Post-Disaster Mental Health Response Act

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Currently only victims of “major disasters” are covered, but not “emergency declarations.”


The Crisis Counseling Program is available to address the mental health needs of people for up to nine months after they experience a natural disaster. The program is funded by grants from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and run by states, territories, and tribes. The program is activated in areas after a presidential major disaster declaration.

There are two main types of disaster declarations: “major disasters” and “emergency declarations.” The president determines both, with the former generally reserved for events with greater monetary damage and longer-duration effects, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The latter is usually more limited in scope and duration and cannot exceed $5 million in federal assistance, such as the Boston …

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Ayanna Pressley

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Oct 22, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Ordered Reported on Apr 28, 2022

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13 Cosponsors (9 Republicans, 4 Democrats)

50% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Oct 22, 2021

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Apr 28, 2022
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H.R. 5703 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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