This bill would require the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a study on the outcomes and efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) during the five-year period beginning January 1, 2014 based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the line. The VCL provides a free and confidential service to veterans, and their friends and families.
The study would address:
The efficacy of the VCL in leading veterans to sustained mental health regimens and suicide prevention;
The VCL’s visibility;
The role of the VCL as part of the VA’s mental healthcare services;
Whether receiving sustained mental healthcare affects suicidality, including among veterans who are at high risk for suicide.