Home > 106th Congressional Bills > H.R. 4799 (ih) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a credit against income tax for medical expenses for dependents. [Introduced in House] ...

H.R. 4799 (ih) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a credit against income tax for medical expenses for dependents. [Introduced in House] ...

Web GovRecords.org

  2d Session
                                H. R. 4798

  To improve post-traumatic stress disorder treatment for veterans of 
         service in Afghanistan and Iraq and the war on terror.



                              July 9, 2004

   Mr. Ford introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on 
   Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the 
  Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall 
           within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


                                 A BILL

  To improve post-traumatic stress disorder treatment for veterans of 
         service in Afghanistan and Iraq and the war on terror.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Enhancement of Veterans Mental 
Health Services Act''.


    Congress makes the following findings:
            (1) A study published in the New England Journal of 
        Medicine reported that about one in six soldiers of the Iraq 
        war displays symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
            (2) Clinical experts are anticipating an increase in the 
        number of post-traumatic stress disorder cases in light of the 
        increasing duration of military deployment.
            (3) 86 of 163 Department of Veterans Affairs Medical 
        Centers have post-traumatic stress disorder treatment programs.
            (4) Section 1706 of title 38, United States Code, requires 
        that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs ensure, in accordance 
        with that section, that the Department of Veterans Affairs 
        maintains its capacity to provide for the specialized treatment 
        and rehabilitative needs of disabled veterans within distinct 
        programs or facilities of the Deparment.


    (a) Enhanced Capacity for Department of Veterans Affairs.--
            (1) Authorization of appropriations.--There is authorized 
        to be appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for 
        ``Medical Care'' the amount of $100,000,000 for the employment 
        of additional psychiatrists and other mental health services 
        specialists at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers 
        and outpatient facilities specializing in the diagnosis and 
        treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
            (2) Allocation of funds.--Funds made available pursuant to 
        the authorization of appropriations in paragraph (1) shall, to 
        the extent funds are available for such purpose, be used to 
        employ at least one psychiatrist and a complementary clinical 
        team at each medical center of the Department of Veterans 
        Affairs in order to conduct a specialized program for the 
        diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and 
        to employ additional mental health services specialists at the 
        medical center.
    (b) Outreach at the Community Level.--
            (1) Program.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall, 
        within the authorities of the Secretary under title 38, United 
        States Code, carry out a program to provide outreach at the 
        community level to veterans who participated in Operation Iraqi 
        Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom who are or may be 
        suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
            (2) Program sites.--The program shall be carried out on a 
        nation-wide basis through facilities of the Department of 
        Veterans Affairs.
            (3) Program content.--The program shall provide for 
        individualized case management to be conducted on a one-on-one 
        basis, counseling, education, and group therapy to help 
        participants cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. The 
                    (A) shall emphasize early identification of 
                veterans who may be experiencing symptoms of post-
                traumatic stress disorder; and
                    (B) shall include group-oriented, peer-to-peer 
                settings for treatment.
            (4) Program model.--The Secretary shall establish and carry 
        out the program under this subsection using as a model the 
        program for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder 
        conducted at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center 
        in Memphis, Tennessee.


    (a) Review of Mental Health Programs.--The Secretary of each 
military department shall conduct a comprehensive review of the mental 
health care programs of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of that 
Secretary in order to determine ways to improve the efficacy of such 
care, including a review of joint Department of Defense and Department 
of Veterans Affairs clinical guidelines to ensure a seamless delivery 
of care during transitions from active duty or reserve status to 
civilian life.
    (b) Report to Congress.--The Secretary of Defense shall submit to 
Congress a report setting forth the results of such review not later 
than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.


    The Secretary of each military department shall take special care 
in providing for as seamless a transition as possible from Department 
of Defense health care services to Department of Veterans Affairs 
health care services in the case of members of the Armed Forces who are 
being discharged or separated from active duty and who have been 
identified by the Secretary as having been exposed to combat or 
otherwise as being at particular risk for post-traumatic stress 


    The Secretary of each military department and the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs shall assess privacy and patient confidentiality 
standards and practices of their respective departments to ensure that 
those standards and practices are adequate to protect the privacy of 
patients, particularly in the case of patients seeking treatment for 
post-traumatic stress disorder. Each of those Secretaries shall also 
assess and identify other factors that may deter members of the Armed 
Forces and veterans from seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress 

Pages: 1

Other Popular 106th Congressional Bills Documents:

1 H.R. 2346 (eh) To authorize the enforcement by State and local governments of certain Federal Communications Commission regulations regarding use of citizens band radio equipment. [Engrossed in House] ...
2 S. 874 (is) To repeal the reduction in the deductible portion of expenses for business meals and entertainment. [Introduced in Senate] ...
3 H.R. 4611 (ih) To strengthen the authority of the Federal Government to protect individuals from certain acts and practices in the sale and purchase of Social Security numbers and Social Security account numbers, and for other purposes. [Introduced in Hou...
4 S.Con.Res. 7 (es) [Engrossed in Senate] ...
5 H.Res. 626 (rh) Waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany the [Reported in House] ...
6 H.R. 5347 (ih) To direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations relating to the transfer of airline tickets and to amend title 49, United States Code, relating to air carrier ticket pricing policies. [Introduced in House] ...
7 S. 2705 (rs) To provide for the training of individuals, during a Presidential [Reported in Senate] ...
8 S. 1268 (is) To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide support for the modernization and construction of biomedical and behavioral research facilities and laboratory instrumentation. [Introduced in Senate] ...
9 S. 2950 (rs) To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in the State of Colorado. [Reported in Senate] ...
10 H.R. 4079 (rh) To require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a comprehensive fraud audit of the Department of Education. [Reported in House] ...
11 S. 1786 (is) To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to establish a grant program for assisting small businesses and agricultural enterprises in meeting disaster-related expenses. [Introduced in Senate] ...
12 S.Con.Res. 33 (is) Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the need for vigorous prosecution of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. [Introduced in Senate] ...
13 S. 2487 (is) To authorize appropriations for Fiscal Year 2001 for certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation. [Introduced in Senate] ...
14 H.Con.Res. 371 (enr) [Enrolled bill] ...
15 H.Res. 246 (rh) Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2490) making [Reported in House] ...
16 H.R. 642 (rfs) To redesignate the Federal building located at 701 South Santa Fe Avenue in Compton, California, and known as the Compton Main Post Office, as the ``Mervyn Malcolm Dymally Post Office Building''. [Referred in Senate] ...
17 H.R. 775 (eh) To establish certain procedures for civil actions brought for damages relating to the failure of any device or system to process or otherwise deal with the transition from the year 1999 to the year 2000, and for other purposes. [Engrossed in...
18 S. 531 (es) To authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the Congress to Rosa Parks in recognition of her contributions to the Nation. [Engrossed in Senate] ...
19 S. 2407 (is) To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to the record of admission for permanent residence in the case of certain aliens. [Introduced in Senate] ...
20 H.Con.Res. 122 (ih) Recognizing the United States Border Patrol's 75 years of service since its founding. [Introduced in House] ...
21 H.R. 4392 (eas) [Engrossed Amendment Senate] ...
22 H.R. 2425 (ih) To establish the Commission on Ocean Policy, and for other purposes. [Introduced in House] ...
23 H.R. 4727 (ih) To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to payments made under the prospective payment system for home health services furnished under the Medicare Program. [Introduced in House] ...
24 H.R. 5315 (ih) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce estate and gift tax rates, and for other purposes. [Introduced in House] ...
25 H.R. 4888 (ih) To protect innocent children. [Introduced in House] ...
26 S. 2002 (es) For the relief of Tony Lara. [Engrossed in Senate] ...
27 H.R. 3912 (ih) To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to make optional the requirement that a State seek adjustment or recovery from an individual's estate of any medical assistance correctly paid on behalf of the individual under the State plan un...
28 H.R. 979 (ih) To ensure that services related to the operation of a correctional [Introduced in House] ...
29 S. 758 (is) To establish legal standards and procedures for the fair, prompt, inexpensive, and efficient resolution of personal injury claims arising out of asbestos exposure, and for other purposes. [Introduced in Senate] ...
30 H.Con.Res. 50 (rh) Authorizing the 1999 District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run to be run through the Capitol Grounds. [Reported in House] ...

Other Documents:

106th Congressional Bills Records and Documents

GovRecords.org presents information on various agencies of the United States Government. Even though all information is believed to be credible and accurate, no guarantees are made on the complete accuracy of our government records archive. Care should be taken to verify the information presented by responsible parties. Please see our reference page for congressional, presidential, and judicial branch contact information. GovRecords.org values visitor privacy. Please see the privacy page for more information.
House Rules:

104th House Rules
105th House Rules
106th House Rules

Congressional Bills:

104th Congressional Bills
105th Congressional Bills
106th Congressional Bills
107th Congressional Bills
108th Congressional Bills

Supreme Court Decisions

Supreme Court Decisions


1995 Privacy Act Documents
1997 Privacy Act Documents
1994 Unified Agenda
2004 Unified Agenda

Congressional Documents:

104th Congressional Documents
105th Congressional Documents
106th Congressional Documents
107th Congressional Documents
108th Congressional Documents

Congressional Directory:

105th Congressional Directory
106th Congressional Directory
107th Congressional Directory
108th Congressional Directory

Public Laws:

104th Congressional Public Laws
105th Congressional Public Laws
106th Congressional Public Laws
107th Congressional Public Laws
108th Congressional Public Laws

Presidential Records

1994 Presidential Documents
1995 Presidential Documents
1996 Presidential Documents
1997 Presidential Documents
1998 Presidential Documents
1999 Presidential Documents
2000 Presidential Documents
2001 Presidential Documents
2002 Presidential Documents
2003 Presidential Documents
2004 Presidential Documents

Home Executive Judicial Legislative Additional Reference About Privacy