|Wednesday, May 12, 2021|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (8 bills)
1. H.R. 1448 – PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act, as amended (Rep. Stivers – Veterans’ Affairs)
Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs commence the conduct of a pilot program to provide canine training to eligible veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as an element of a complementary and integrative health program. The bill also authorizes VA to provide service dogs to veterans with mental illnesses, regardless of whether they have a mobility impairment and expands access to the veterinary insurance benefit as well.
2. H.R. 958 – Protecting Moms Who Served Act (Rep. Underwood – Veterans’ Affairs)
Would codify and strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs maternity care coordination programs. Additionally, the bill would commission a comprehensive study of the scope of America’s maternal health crisis among women veterans, with a particular focus on racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes.
3. H.R. 297 – To require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study on the establishment of, and the potential land that could be included in, a unit of the National Forest System in the State of Hawaii, and for other purposes (Rep. Case – Natural Resources)
This bill would require the Secretary of Agriculture to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing a unit of the National Forest System in Hawai‘i and identify available land within the study area that could be included in such unit.
4. H.R. 49 – To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes (Rep. Soto – Natural Resources)
This bill would designate the Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida, as the “National Pulse Memorial.”
5. H.R. 478 – Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act (Rep. O’Halleran – Natural Resources)
This bill would direct the Department of the Interior to take the approximately 55.3 acres of land of the Blackwater Trading Post in Pinal County, Arizona, which is bordered and owned by the Gila River Indian Community of the Reservation, into trust for the benefit of the community.
6. H.R. 810 – To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes (Rep. Fortenberry – Natural Resources)
This bill would direct the Department of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail.
7. H.R. 1688 – Native American Child Protection Act (Rep. Gallego – Natural Resources)
This bill would improve upon and reauthorize several programs within the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act in order to improve the prevention, investigation, treatment, and prosecution of family violence, child abuse, and child neglect involving Native American children and families.
8. H.R. 2208 – Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Settlement Act (Rep. Escobar – Natural Resources)
This bill amends the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act of 1987, Pub. L. No. 100-89, to bring parity to tribal gaming in Texas by clarifying that the two Tribes are subject to the same rights and responsibilities under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act as virtually all other federally recognized tribes in the United States.
1. H.R. 433 – Family Support Services for Addiction Act of 2021 (Rep. Trone – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to support family community organizations that develop, expand, and enhance evidence-informed family support services for families and family members living with substance use disorders or addiction. The grants may be used to build connections between family support networks, with behavioral health and primary care providers, and foster care services, among others. The grant may also be used to reduce stigma around addiction and addiction treatment, family support outreach activities, and connect families to peer support programs.
2. H.R. 1475 – Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act, as amended (Rep. Watson Coleman – Energy and Commerce)
The bill would authorize federal funding to address mental health disparities among underserved populations, including communities of color. H.R. 1475 includes provisions that would: create a grant program targeted at high-poverty communities for culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services; support research into disparities in mental health; reauthorize the Minority Fellowship Program to support more students of color entering the mental health workforce; and study the impact of smartphones and social medica on adolescents.
3. H.R. 586 – STANDUP Act of 2021 (Rep. Peters – Energy and Commerce)
The bill would require State and Tribal educational agencies that receive priority mental health grants under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act to establish and implement a school-based student suicide awareness and prevention training policy, and collect information on training activities. The training policy would be focused on grades six through twelve and would train students on self-harm and suicidal ideation. The bill would also ensure the school-based policies are culturally and linguistically appropriate and to make technical and conforming changes to the bill.
4. H.R. 721 – Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Napolitano – Energy and Commerce)
The bill authorizes grants to fund school-based mental health services. The program would support screening for social, emotional, mental, and behavioral issues, including suicide or substance use disorders; treatment and referral for these issues; development of evidence-based programs for students experiencing these issues; and other strategies for schools to support students and the communities that surround them. The goal of the program is to create partnerships between schools and community-based mental health professionals across the country.
5. H.R. 2877 – Behavioral Intervention Guidelines Act of 2021 (Rep. Ferguson – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop best practices for schools to establish behavioral intervention teams and properly train them on how to intervene and avoid inappropriate use of mental health assessments and law enforcement. No later than one year after enactment, best practices shall be made publicly available on a website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
6. H.R. 1260 – Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Ruppersberger – Energy and Commerce)
This legislation would create a grant program at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support trauma centers with violence intervention and violence prevention programs. Program support would be provided to conduct research to reduce the incidence of re-injury and re-incarceration caused by intentional violent trauma.
7. H.R. 1205 – Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act of 2021 (Rep. Ruiz – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would authorize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to award grants to qualifying emergency departments for the purpose of supporting mental health services. Grant recipients must use funds to support the provision of follow-up services for individuals who present for care of acute mental health episodes, such as placement in appropriate facilities.
8. H.R. 1324 – Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act of 2021 (Rep. Bilirakis – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would create a grant program to improve the identification, assessment, and treatment of patients in emergency departments who are at risk for suicide by: developing policies and procedures for identifying and assessing individuals who are at risk of suicide; and enhancing the coordination of care for such individuals after discharge.
9. H.R. 1480 – HERO Act, as amended (Rep. Bera – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would create a data system at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to capture public safety officer suicide incidences and study successful interventions, authorize grants for peer support behavioral health and wellness programs within fire departments and emergency medical service agencies, and require the development of best practices for addressing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in public safety officers and educational materials.
10. H.R. 2862 – Campaign to Prevent Suicide Act, as amended (Rep. Beyer – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to carry out a national suicide prevention media campaign to advertise the new 9-8-8 number, when it becomes effective, raise awareness for suicide prevention resources, and cultivate a more effective discourse on how to prevent suicide. The bill would also provide guidance to TV and social media companies on how to talk about suicide by creating a best practices toolkit.
11. H.R. 2981 – Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act of 2021 (Rep. Katko – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would increase the authorization funding level of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline program to $50 million each year, from fiscal year (FY) 2022 through FY 2024. The current authorization is $7.198 million each year. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a plan for maintaining the program, including sharing certain data with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, the bill includes a pilot program to research, analyze, and employ various innovative technologies and platforms for suicide prevention and reports on the use and progress of the pilot.
12. H.R. 2955 – Suicide Prevention Act (Rep. Stewart – Energy and Commerce)
This bill establishes two grant programs to prevent self-harm and suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must award grants to State, local, and Tribal health departments to expand surveillance of self-harm, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) must award grants to hospital emergency departments for programs to prevent self-harm and suicide attempts among patients after discharge.
13. H.R. 768 – Block, Report, And Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act of 2021 (Rep. McKinley – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would create additional requirements for drug manufacturers and distributors who discover a suspicious order for controlled substances. In addition to reporting a suspicious order of controlled substances to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a manufacturer or distributor must also exercise due diligence, decline to fill the order or series of orders, notify the DEA of each suspicious order or series or orders and the indicators that led to the belief that filling such orders would be a violation. These requirements would become effective six months following enactment.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”