38 U.S. Code § 1720I. Mental and behavioral health care for certain former members of the Armed Forces
(a)In General.—The Secretary shall furnish to former members of the Armed Forces described in subsection (b)—
(b)Eligible Individuals.—A former member of the Armed Forces described in this subsection is an individual who—
(2) while serving in the active military, naval, or air service, was discharged or released therefrom under a condition that is not honorable but not—
a dishonorable discharge; or
a discharge by court-martial;
(1) In furnishing mental or behavioral health care services to an individual under this section, the Secretary may provide such mental or behavioral health care services at a non-Department facility if—
(d)Setting and Referrals.—In furnishing mental and behavioral health care services to individuals under this section, the Secretary shall—
seek to ensure that such services are furnished in settings that are therapeutically appropriate, taking into account the circumstances that resulted in the need for such services; and
(e)Information.—The Secretary shall provide information on the mental and behavioral health care services available under this section. Efforts by the Secretary to provide such information—
(1) shall include notification of each eligible individual described in subsection (b) about the eligibility of the individual for covered mental and behavioral health care under this section not later than the later of—
180 days after the date of the enactment of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018; or
180 days after the date on which the individual was discharged or released from the active military, naval, or air service;
(3) shall ensure that information about the mental health care services available under this section—
is revised and updated as appropriate;
is made available and visibly posted at appropriate facilities of the Department; and
shall include coordination with the Secretary of Defense seeking to ensure that members of the Armed Forces and individuals who are being separated from active military, naval, or air service are provided appropriate information about programs, requirements, and procedures for applying for mental health care services under this section.
(2) Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall include, with respect to the year preceding the submittal of the report, the following:
The number of eligible individuals who were furnished mental or behavioral health care services under this section, disaggregated by the number of men who received such services and the number of women who received such services.
The number of individuals who requested an initial mental health assessment under subsection (a)(1).
References in Text
The date of the enactment of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, referred to in subsec. (e)(1)(A), is the date of enactment of div. J of Pub. L. 115–141, which was approved Mar. 23, 2018.