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Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019 (P.L. 116-171) and Veterans COMPACT Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-214) [July 19, 2021]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Summary: "Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and is a significant contributor to premature mortality. Although suicide rates have increased among the U.S. general population over the past two decades, veterans are disproportionately affected by suicide. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in 2018--the most recent year for which data are available--the suicide rate for veterans was 1.5 times greater than among nonveteran adults (adjusting for age and sex), and an average of 17.6 veterans died by suicide per day. [...] In the 116th Congress, the House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs (HVAC and SVAC, respectively) focused much of their efforts on veteran suicide prevention, holding several hearings and introducing and enacting legislation on the topic. The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019 (Hannon Act; P.L. [Public Law] 116-171) and the Veterans Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment Act of 2020 (Veterans COMPACT Act; P.L. 116-214) were enacted at the end of the 116th Congress and were developed out of SVAC and HVAC, respectively. Both bills were enacted as part of a compromise between the two committees. Although they are separate, the bills complement each other in their efforts to increase access to and quality of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) mental health and suicide prevention services."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46848
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2021-07-19
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