Senator Donnelly helped the Senate pass the National Defense Bill
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly helped the Senate pass the national defense bill that included his Frontline Mental Health Provider Training Act. The Frontline Mental Health Provider Training Act would address the shortage of mental healthcare providers within the Department of Defense. The Senate and House passed different versions of the national defense bill and now will work to reach a compromise on final legislation. The national defense bill has been signed into law for 54 consecutive years. The Frontline Mental Health Provider Training Act would expand the availability of Physician Assistants (PAs) to provide mental health care evaluations and services for servicemembers and military families. The bill would establish a pilot program to expand the use of PAs specializing in psychiatric medicine to help meet the increasing demand for mental health care and improve access to quality care for servicemembers.
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