IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 17, 2022
Mr. Warnock (for himself, Ms. Stabenow, and Mr. Padilla) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To ensure that, after the declaration of a major disaster, States, local governments, and Indian tribal governments affected by the major disaster receive immediate approval for services and assistance under section 416 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
This Act may be cited as the
Crisis Counseling Act.
Crisis counseling assistance and training
Section 416 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5183) is amended—
The President is authorized and inserting the following:
The President is authorized
by adding at the end the following:
Immediate assistance required
A State or local agency, or an Indian tribal government, that is affected by a major disaster may submit to the President a request for the financial assistance described in subsection (a).
Immediately upon receipt of a request for financial assistance under paragraph (1), the President shall—
approve the request; and
grant the financial assistance.