Moulton Led Veterans Crisis Line Bill Passes HouseWashington, D.C. - The House passed a bipartisan bill authored by Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) that directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the integration of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) with the VA’s overall mental health care services. Veterans account for 18% of suicides in the United States, even though they are 8.5% of the population. The VCL has handled nearly 2.8 million calls since 2007.
"An average of 20 veterans die daily from suicide,” said Moulton. “We need to be doing better, as a nation, at making sure those who served receive the care and support they deserve when they return home. This bill will pave the way forward to ensure our veterans are receiving the best care possible.”
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat or text. The Veterans Crisis Line has received more than 2.3 million calls and 55,000 texts since the VA implemented it in 2007.
“Twenty veterans die from suicide every day,” said Banks. “The Veterans Crisis Line is a critical resource for our veterans, and we want to make sure that their initial call is not the only help they receive. My bill would analyze the data already collected from these calls to ensure the VA is able to meet its goal of providing veterans with comprehensive mental health care. We need to make certain veterans are being assisted after they call the Crisis Line.”