US HB4173 | 2017-2018 | 115th Congress


Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 10-5)
Status: Engrossed on November 9 2017 - 50% progression
Action: 2017-11-09 - Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Pending: Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]


Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: (1) conduct a study on the outcomes and the efficacy of the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line during the five-year period beginning January 1, 2014, based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the line, and (2) submit such study to Congress by May 31, 2019. Such study shall address: (1) the efficacy of the line in leading veterans to sustained mental health regimens and suicide prevention; (2) the line's visibility; (3) the role of the line as part of the VA's mental health care services; (4) whether receiving sustained mental health care affects suicidality and whether veterans previously receiving VA mental health care use the line in times of crisis; (5) the line's effectiveness in assisting veterans at risk for suicide when it is contacted by a non-veteran; (6) the line's overall efficacy in preventing suicides and whether the number of contacts affects such efficacy; (7) the line's long-term efficacy in preventing repeated suicide attempts and whether such efficacy is temporary; (8) whether referral to mental health care affects the risk of suicide; and (9) the line's efficacy in promoting continued mental health care for those veterans who are at high risk for suicide whose suicide was prevented.

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Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017


Roll Calls

2017-11-08 - House - On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended RC# 618 (Y: 420 N: 0 NV: 12 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2017-11-09SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
2017-11-08HouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2017-11-08HouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 420 - 0 (Roll no. 618). (text: 11/7/2017 CR H8564)
2017-11-08HouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H8614)
2017-11-07HouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
2017-11-07HouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4173.
2017-11-07HouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H8563-8566)
2017-11-07HouseMr. Bilirakis moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
2017-11-07HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 295.
2017-11-07HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. H. Rept. 115-400.
2017-11-02HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
2017-11-02HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
2017-10-31HouseReferred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
2017-10-31HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB2174 (Related) 2017-11-30 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.


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