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AB-232 Veteran suicides: report and recommendations.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 102791 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

 (a) (1)  The State Department of Public Health shall access data within the electronic death registration system implemented pursuant to Section 102778 to compile a report on veteran suicide in California. The report shall include, but may not be limited to,  include  information on the ages, sexes, races or ethnicities, counties locations  of residence, and  residency and death, length and locations of service, branches of service, occupations and industries or businesses, and  methods of suicide of veterans.
(2) The report shall include a cross-tabulation of the data specified in paragraph (1), and shall compare the data to the data from the previous year.
(b) (1) The  Beginning January 1, 2019, the  department shall, notwithstanding Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, annually provide the report compiled pursuant to subdivision (a) to the Legislature and the Department of Veterans Affairs on or before March 15 each year. Affairs. 
(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

SEC. 2.

 Section 87 is added to the Military and Veterans Code, to read:

 (a) There is in state government, within the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Commission on Veteran Suicide Prevention.
(b) The commission shall be comprised of the following five commissioners:
(1) The secretary, who shall serve as the chair.
(2) Two commissioners who are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Governor.
(3) One commissioner who is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Senate Committee on Rules.
(4) One commissioner who is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Speaker of the Assembly.
(c) The commission shall review each report prepared pursuant to Section 102791 of the Health and Safety Code and make recommendations for preventing veteran suicide from the data collected in each report.