Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
02/12/2020          

STOP Veteran Suicide and Substance Abuse Act

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02/12/2020 Introduced in House Open

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5867 

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish or update certain 
clinical practice guidelines of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and 
for other purposes. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 12, 2020 
Mr. CISNEROS (for himself and Mr. MAST) introduced the following bill; which 

was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to 
the Committees on Armed Services, and Energy and Commerce, for a pe-
riod to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for con-
sideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the com-
mittee concerned 

A BILL 
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish or 

update certain clinical practice guidelines of the Depart-
ment of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Setting Treatment Op-4

tions and Practices for Veteran Suicide and Substance 5

Abuse Act’’ or the ‘‘STOP Veteran Suicide and Substance 6

Abuse Act’’. 7

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SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS 1

AFFAIRS AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OF 2

CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR CO-3

MORBID MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS SUCH 4

AS PTSD, MST, AND/OR TBI. 5

(a) IN GENERAL.—Not later than two years after the 6

date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Vet-7

erans Affairs, in consultation with the Secretary of De-8

fense and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, 9

shall complete the development of clinical practice guide-10

lines for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, 11

military sexual trauma, and traumatic brain injury that 12

is comorbid with substance use disorder or chronic pain. 13

(b) WORK GROUP.— 14

(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—In carrying out sub-15

section (a), the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the 16

Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Health 17

and Human Services shall create a Trauma and Co-18

morbid Substance Use Disorder or Chronic Pain 19

Work Group (in this section referred to as the 20

‘‘Work Group’’). 21

(2) MEMBERSHIP.—The work group created 22

under paragraph (1) shall be comprised of individ-23

uals that represent Federal Government entities and 24

non-Federal Government entities with expertise in 25

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the areas covered by the work group, including the 1

following: 2

(A) Academic institutions that specialize in 3

research for the treatment of conditions de-4

scribed in subsection (a). 5

(B) The National Center for Posttraumatic 6

Stress Disorder of the Department of Veterans 7

Affairs. 8

(C) The Office of the Assistant Secretary 9

for Mental Health and Substance Use of the 10

Department of Health and Human Services. 11

(3) RELATION TO OTHER WORK GROUPS.—The 12

Work Group shall be created and conducted in the 13

same manner as other work groups for the develop-14

ment of clinical practice guidelines for the Depart-15

ment of Veterans Affairs and the Department of De-16

fense. 17

(c) MATTERS INCLUDED.—In developing the clinical 18

practice guidelines under subsection (a), the Work Group, 19

in consultation with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 20

Work Group, Concussion-mTBI Work Group, Opioid 21

Therapy for Chronic Pain Work Group, and Substance 22

Use Work Group, shall ensure that the clinical practice 23

guidelines include the following: 24

(1) Guidance with respect to the following: 25

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(A) The treatment of patients with post- 1

traumatic stress disorder who are also experi-2

encing a substance use disorder or chronic pain. 3

(B) The treatment of patients experiencing 4

a mental health condition, including anxiety, de-5

pression, or post-traumatic stress disorder as a 6

result of military sexual trauma who are also 7

experiencing a substance use disorder or chron-8

ic pain. 9

(C) The treatment of patients with trau-10

matic brain injury who are also experiencing a 11

substance use disorder or chronic pain. 12

(2) Guidance with respect to the following: 13

(A) Appropriate case management for pa-14

tients experiencing post-traumatic stress dis-15

order that is comorbid with substance use dis-16

order or chronic pain who transition from re-17

ceiving care while on active duty in the Armed 18

Forces to care from health care networks out-19

side of the Department of Defense. 20

(B) Appropriate case management for pa-21

tients experiencing a mental health condition, 22

including anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic 23

stress disorder as a result of military sexual 24

trauma that is comorbid with substance use dis-25

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order or chronic pain who transition from re-1

ceiving care while on active duty in the Armed 2

Forces to care from health care networks out-3

side of the Department of Defense. 4

(C) Appropriate case management for pa-5

tients experiencing traumatic brain injury that 6

is comorbid with substance use disorder or 7

chronic pain who transition from receiving care 8

while on active duty in the Armed Forces to 9

care from health care networks outside of the 10

Department of Defense. 11

(3) Guidance with respect to the treatment of 12

patients who are still members of the Armed Forces 13

and are experiencing a mental health condition, in-14

cluding anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress 15

disorder as a result of military sexual trauma that 16

is comorbid with substance use disorder or chronic 17

pain. 18

(4) Guidance with respect to the assessment by 19

the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, 20

and Medicine of the potential overmedication of vet-21

erans, as required pursuant to the Senate report ac-22

companying S. 1557, 115th Congress (Senate Re-23

port 115–130), under the heading ‘‘Overprescription 24

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Prevention Report’’ under the heading ‘‘COMMITTEE 1

RECOMMENDATION’’. 2

(d) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this sec-3

tion shall be construed to prevent the Secretary of Vet-4

erans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense from consid-5

ering all relevant evidence, as appropriate, in creating the 6

clinical practice guidelines required under subsection (a) 7

or from ensuring that the final clinical practice guidelines 8

developed under such subsection and subsequently up-9

dated, as appropriate, remain applicable to the patient 10

populations of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the 11

Department of Defense. 12

SEC. 3. UPDATE OF CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR 13

ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF PA-14

TIENTS AT RISK FOR SUICIDE BY TAKING 15

INTO CONSIDERATION GENDER- AND AGE- 16

SPECIFIC RISK FACTORS AND GENDER- AND 17

AGE-SPECIFIC TREATMENT EFFICACY OF 18

PHARMACOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY. 19

(a) IN GENERAL.—Not later than two years after the 20

date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Vet-21

erans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense, through the 22

Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Sui-23

cide Work Group (in this section referred to as the ‘‘Work 24

Group’’), shall issue an update to the VA/DOD Clinical 25

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Practice Guideline for Assessment and Management of 1

Patients at Risk for Suicide. 2

(b) MATTERS INCLUDED.—In carrying out the up-3

date under subsection (a), the Work Group shall ensure 4

that the clinical practice guidelines updated under such 5

subsection includes the following: 6

(1) Enhanced guidance with respect to the fol-7

lowing: 8

(A) Gender- and age-specific risk factors 9

for suicide and suicidal ideation. 10

(B) Gender- and age-specific treatment ef-11

ficacy for depression and suicide prevention. 12

(C) Gender- and age-specific pharmaco-13

therapy efficacy. 14

(D) Gender- and age-specific psychothera-15

py efficacy. 16

(2) Guidance with respect to the efficacy of al-17

ternative therapies, other than psychotherapy and 18

pharmacotherapy, including the following: 19

(A) Yoga therapy. 20

(B) Meditation therapy. 21

(C) Equine therapy. 22

(D) Other animal therapy. 23

(E) Training and caring for service dogs. 24

(F) Agri-therapy. 25

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(G) Art therapy. 1

(H) Outdoor sports therapy. 2

(I) Music therapy. 3

(J) Any other alternative therapy that the 4

Work Group considers appropriate. 5

(3) Guidance with respect to the findings of the 6

Creating Options for Veterans’ Expedited Recovery 7

Commission (commonly referred to as the ‘‘COVER 8

Commission’’) established under section 931 of the 9

Jason Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act (title 10

IX of Public Law 114–198; 38 U.S.C. 1701 note). 11

(c) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this sec-12

tion shall be construed to prevent the Secretary of Vet-13

erans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense from consid-14

ering all relevant evidence, as appropriate, in updating the 15

VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and 16

Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide, as required 17

under subsection (a), or from ensuring that the final clin-18

ical practice guidelines updated under such subsection re-19

main applicable to the patient populations of the Depart-20

ment of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. 21

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Picture Name From Date Type
Gilbert Cisneros D-CA 02/12/2020 Sponsor
Brian Mast R-FL 02/12/2020 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
03/02/2020 President Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
03/02/2020 President Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
02/12/2020 President Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.Action By: House of Representatives
02/12/2020 President Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.Action By: House of Representatives
02/12/2020 President Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.Action By: House of Representatives
02/12/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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Bill TEXT Points.
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Art
(G)Art therapy

Commerce
Mast) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedA BILLTo direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish or update certain clinical practice guidelines of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for ot

Congress
1557, 115th Congress (Senate Report 115–130), under the heading Overprescription Prevention Report under the heading COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

Department of Health and Human Services
(C)The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use of the Department of Health and Human Services


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