H.R.1464: Military Mental Health Empowerment Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor André Carson, D-Ind.
Total Cosponsors 12 (9 Democrats, 3 Republicans)
Introduced April 10, 2013
Latest Major Action April 23, 2013
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Bill Summary

Military Mental Health Empowerment Act - Directs the Secretaries of the military departments to ensure that information concerning the availability of mental health services to members of the Armed Forces (members), as well as privacy rights related to the receipt of such services, is provided to: (1) each officer candidate during initial training, (2) each recruit during basic training, and (3) each other member at such time as the Secretary of Defense (DOD) considers appropriate.

Requires each department Secretary to: (1) seek to eliminate perceived stigma associated with seeking and receiving mental health services, and (2) promote the use of such services on a basis comparable to the use of other medical and health services.

Directs the Secretary of Defense to ensure that the above information is also provided to current members, including members of the reserve components.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 23, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
April 10, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.