News from Representative Tom Emmer

 

Dear Friend, 

Congress kicked off the week taking up two potentially lifesaving bills, both of which I was a proud cosponsor: the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act and the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act.

National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act

Our nation is facing a suicide crisis and Minnesota is not immune. The suicide rate in Minnesota has risen over 40 percent in the last 20 years and is the second leading cause of death for young Minnesotans. Despite these rising rates, the state’s crisis hotline was recently shut down. Now more than ever, attention towards these resources is vitally important. 

As a cosponsor, I supported, and the House passed, the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act (H.R. 2345). This bipartisan bill instructs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to study the designation of a 3-digit dialing code, similar to 9-1-1, for a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system.  

I will continue to support legislation that battles the suicide crisis in Minnesota and our nation. It is time we rally to support those in mental health crisis 

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS HAVING THOUGHTS ABOUT SUICIDE, PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE, AVAILABLE 24/7: 1-800-273-8255.

Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act 

I am also a proud cosponsor of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act. This bill will require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide support for Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers.  

Under the bill, HHS will direct award grants to improve the training of health professionals in palliative care. It will also increase education and awareness about the benefits and services of palliative care, and also enhances research on palliative care through leveraging existing authorities and funds at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Improving training and education for health care professionals to understand palliative and hospice care is necessary. With a plethora of incurable diseases and an aging population, our healthcare field needs more individuals trained in these vital specialties. Without them, the sickest among us will be without the care and attention they deserve. 

Have questions about the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act or the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act? Ask me here. 


Sincerely,


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