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File #: Res 0159-2014    Version: * Name: Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. (S.2182)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Veterans
On agenda: 4/10/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass, and the President of the United States to sign S.2182, the Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, legislation expanding and improving care provided to veterans and service members with mental health disorders or are at risk for suicide.
Sponsors: Fernando Cabrera , Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Margaret S. Chin, Chaim M. Deutsch, Inez E. Dickens, Mathieu Eugene, Peter A. Koo, Mark Levine, Rosie Mendez, Donovan J. Richards, Deborah L. Rose, Jumaane D. Williams, Vincent J. Gentile, Paul A. Vallone, Brad S. Lander, Stephen T. Levin, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Inez D. Barron, Costa G. Constantinides, David G. Greenfield, Helen K. Rosenthal, James G. Van Bramer, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 23
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 4/24/14, 2. Hearing Testimony 4/24/14, 3. Hearing Transcript 4/24/14, 4. Committee Report 5/13/14, 5. Hearing Transcript 5/13/14, 6. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-14-14, 8. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 14, 2014
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
5/14/2014*Fernando Cabrera City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2014*Fernando Cabrera Committee on Veterans Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2014*Fernando Cabrera Committee on Veterans Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/24/2014*Fernando Cabrera Committee on Veterans Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/24/2014*Fernando Cabrera Committee on Veterans Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/10/2014*Fernando Cabrera City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/10/2014*Fernando Cabrera City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 159
 
Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass, and the President of the United States to sign S.2182, the Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, legislation expanding and improving care provided to veterans and service members with mental health disorders or are at risk for suicide.  
 
 
By Council Members Cabrera, Arroyo, Chin, Deutsch, Dickens, Eugene, Koo, Levine, Mendez, Richards, Rose, Williams, Gentile, Vallone, Lander, Levin, Espinal, Barron, Constantinides, Greenfield, Rosenthal, Van Bramer and Ulrich
 
      Whereas, Members of the United States (U.S.) Armed Forces are often called upon to operate in stressful and life-threatening situations, which can result in the development of mental health issues; and
      Whereas, According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), an estimated 22 veterans die each day by suicide; and
      Whereas, As the U.S. decreases its involvement in overseas conflicts and reduces the size of the active duty military, greater numbers of service members are transitioning back to civilian life; and
      Whereas, Many of these returning service members, in addition to the 200,000 veterans that currently live in New York City, will be in need of mental health support designed to address the unique needs of veterans; and
      Whereas, In March 2014, Senator John Walsh of Montana introduced S.2182, the Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, a bill designed to combat suicide among veterans; and
      Whereas, The Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act would improve access to care for veterans by extending the period during which veterans who experienced combat are eligible for care from five years to fifteen years; and
      Whereas, The Act would assist veterans who may have been wrongfully discharged because of mental health issues by establishing a review process for such discharges; and
      Whereas, The Act would increase the service capacity of the U.S. VA by offering student loan repayment to mental health care professionals that agree to long-term service commitments; and
      Whereas, Under the Act, the U.S. VA and Department of Defense would be required to review their mental health care programs annually to ensure effectiveness, offer special training on identifying veterans that are at risk for suicide to their mental health providers, and to improve processes regarding medical records and prescriptions to ensure seamless care to transitioning service members; and
      Whereas, Enhancing mental health care services provided by the federal government would better the lives and outcomes for thousands of returning service members and veterans living in New York City; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to pass, and the President of the United States to sign S.2182, the Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, legislation expanding and improving care provided to veterans and service members with mental health disorders or are at risk for suicide.  
 
 
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