THE LEGISLATION

The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, legislation that aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care professionals. Health care professionals have long experienced high levels of stress and burnout, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem. While helping their patients fight for their lives, many health care professionals are coping with their own trauma of losing patients and colleagues and fear for their own health and safety. This bill helps promote mental and behavioral health among those working on the frontlines of the pandemic. It also supports suicide and burnout prevention training in health professional training programs and increases awareness and education about suicide and mental health concerns among health care professionals.

We are incredibly grateful for the bi-partisan co-sponsors of this legislation US Senators Tim Kaine (Virginia) and Jack Reed (Rhode Island), Todd Young (Indiana), and Bill Cassidy (Louisiana), US Representatives Max Rose (NY), David McKinley (WV), Anthony Brindisi (NY), Denver Riggleman (VA), Morgan Griffith (VA) and Fred Upton (MI) who originally co-sponsored the legislation and the dozens of legislators who have signed on to co-sponsor the legislation. (For a current list of co-sponsors, please click here for the Senate co-sponsors and here for the House co-sponsors.) We would also like to thank the growing list of industry supporters including the American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

 

The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (S. 4349; HR 8094):

  • Establishes grants for training health profession students, residents, or health care professionals in evidence-informed strategies to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders. The grants would also help improve health care professionals’ well-being and job satisfaction.
  • Seeks to identify and disseminate evidence-informed best practices for reducing and preventing suicide and burnout among health care professionals, training health care professionals in appropriate strategies, and promoting their mental and behavioral health and job satisfaction.
  • Establishes a national evidence-based education and awareness campaign targeting health care professionals to encourage them to seek support and treatment for mental and behavioral health concerns.
  • Establishes grants for employee education, peer-support programming, and mental and behavioral health treatment; health care providers in current or former COVID-19 hotspots will be prioritized.
  • Establishes a comprehensive study on health care professional mental and behavioral health and burnout, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on such professionals’ health.

SENATOR TIM KAINE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kaine, Young, Reed, & Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Support Health Care Professionals’ Mental Health Amid COVID-19

Rose Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Support Healthcare Professionals’ Mental Health Amid COVID-19

ENDORSEMENTS

American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of PAs
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Art Therapy Association
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Suicidology
American Association on Health and Disability
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
American Group Psychotherapy Association
American Medical Association (AMA)
– Kaine, Young, Reed, & Cassidy
– Rose & McKinley
American Mental Health Counselors Association
American Nurses Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Osteopathic Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
American Psychological Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness
Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY)
Association of American Medical Colleges
Centerstone

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Children’s Hospital Association
Clinical Social Work Association
Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Eating Disorders Coalition
Education Development Center
Emergency Nurses Association
Federation of State Physician Health Programs
Federation of State Medical Boards
Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice

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The Kennedy Forum
Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance
Mental Health America
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health
National Association for Rural Mental Health
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD)
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
National Board for Certified Counselors
National Council for Behavioral Health
National Eating Disorders Association
National League for Nursing
Postpartum Support International (PSI)
Psychotherapy Action Network Advocacy
Sandy Hook Promise
Schizophrenia And Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
The Trevor Project
Well Being Trust
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