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AB-1935 Veterans: mental health.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/27/2020 09:00 PM
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Revised  May 07, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1935


Introduced by Assembly Member Voepel
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Boerner Horvath, Gloria, Mathis, Petrie-Norris, and Salas)

January 16, 2020


An act to add and repeal Section 716 to the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1935, as amended, Voepel. Veterans: mental health.
Existing law establishes the Department of Veterans Affairs. The department, among other services, provides veterans and their dependents and survivors with assistance in processing service-related disability claims, assistance in obtaining affordable housing, and information about health ailments associated with military service.
This bill would require the department to study suicide among women veterans and submit a report summarizing their findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2022. establish a program to fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, an academic study of mental health among women veterans in California, as specified. The bill would require the department to submit a report summarizing the findings and recommendations of the study to the Legislature no later than July 31, 2022.
This bill would make these provisions inoperative on July 31, 2023, and would repeal them as of January 1, 2024.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 716 is added to the Military and Veterans Code, to read:

716.
 (a) The department shall conduct a study of suicide among women veterans in California. establish a program to fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, an academic study of mental health among women veterans in California, to include demographics and an analysis of the stressors, risk factors, treatment modalities, barriers to access, suicide rate, and other information deemed relevant.
(b) The department shall prepare and submit to the Legislature, no later than January 1, 2022, July 31, 2022, a report summarizing the findings and recommendations of the study pursuant to subdivision (a). The report shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(c)This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.

(c) This section shall become inoperative on July 31, 2023, and, as of January 1, 2024, is repealed.

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