Warrior Wellness Act (HR 6712, 115th Congress)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Last Action
Referred to House Subcommittee
Date of Last Action
Sep 6 2018
Congressional Session
115th Congress
Date Introduced
Sep 5 2018
Publication Date
Oct 19 2018

SciPol Summary

The Warrior Wellness Act (HR 6712) seeks to address a shortage of mental health providers in the military and monitor practices regarding prescriptions used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

To this end, the Department of Defense (DOD) has been directed to submit a report on: (i) why there is a shortage of mental health providers, (ii) what the effect of this shortage is on the Armed Forces, and (iii) what strategies can be implemented to change this problem. Furthermore, the bill directs the DOD to submit a report on the misuse or illicit prescribing of drugs to treat PTSD between 2012 and 2017 and to identify which health centers were responsible for providing these prescriptions outside of DOD guidelines for treating PTSD. Once this report has been submitted, the Army, Navy, and Air Force would create plans to monitor future prescription patterns.

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