Summary: To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide financial assistance to eligible entities to provide and coordinate the provision of suicide prevention services for veterans at risk of suicide and veteran families through the award of grants to such entities, and for other purposes.
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 9/25/19.
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “Despite significant VA funding increases for Veteran mental health and suicide prevention over the past 15 years, the number of Veteran suicides per year has remained virtually unchanged. The bipartisan IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act would allow the VA to provide grant funding to nonprofits and local organizations who can supply outreach and a range of services to at-risk Veterans. Preventing Veteran suicide takes a community, and the IMPROVE Act will put forth a new framework for the VA and those nationwide network of organizations to work together and deliver outcomes that benefit our Veterans,” said Rep. Bergman. (Source: Rep. Bergman, Press Release, 6/26/19)
The IMPROVE Well-being for Veterans Act would expand the reach of services aimedat preventing veterans’ suicide by providing grants to entities that offer and coordinate suicide prevention services for veterans and their families. Because there is no single cause of suicide, the services authorized to be provided through the grant are designed to help address known risk factors and, ultimately, to get veterans on a path to a life of purpose. Those services include outreach, health assessments, treatment, therapy, medication management, peer support, and assistance obtaining VA benefits. This bill would also require VA to coordinate with national, regional, and local public and private entities – like veterans service organizations, community partners working in mental health and suicide prevention, and local law enforcement – to plan the design and implementation of the grant program. (Source: House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs)