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S.153: Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013

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Sponsor Mark Begich, D-Alaska
Total Cosponsors 18 (12 Democrats, 6 Republicans)
Introduced Jan. 24, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 24, 2013
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Bill Summary

Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to award grants to initiate and sustain mental health first aid training programs. Requires such a program to include: (1) core live training courses on the skills, resources, and knowledge necessary to assist individuals in crisis to connect with appropriate local mental health care services; (2) training on mental health resources, including the location of community mental health centers in the state and local community; and (3) training on action plans and protocols for referral to such resources.

States that the Secretary shall determine the categories of individuals to be trained.

Requires such programs to train individuals to accomplish: (1) safe de-escalation of crisis situations, (2) recognition of the signs and sympt...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 24, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.