Year: 2008 Source: Harvard Journal on Legislation, v.45, no.2, (2008), p.619-640 SIEC No: 20100903

The Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act mandates that Veterans Affairs (United States) create & implement a comprehensive program to address the mental health problems of all veterans. This article discusses components of the Act including: training, research, & staffing; mental health assessments of veterans; 24-hour mental health care & hotline; outreach, education, & peer counselling; & sexual trauma research. This discussion is followed by a review of the floor debate & compromise. A second section outlines other mental health issues veterans face or experience. Section 3 discusses continuing policy efforts. (156 notes)