Bell - Governor Tom
Corbett today ceremonially signed legislation expanding access to behavioral
health services for military personnel and their families.
by Representative Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), House Bill 43 amends the
Volunteer Health Services Act to allow volunteer licensees to provide mental
health services in approved clinics for military personnel and their families.
are re-affirming that not all devastating injuries our wounded warriors
experience can be seen,” Gov. Corbett said. “It’s those unseen injuries that
plague far too many of our veterans and this legislation expands access to the
crucial services needed to help them heal.
“HB 43 is a
demonstration of Pennsylvania’s commitment to our military men and women by
making certain they get the behavioral health services they need, and that our
basic sense of decency demands we provide.”
also permits volunteer licensees to provide mental health services to military
personnel and their families outside of approved clinics upon referral from
legislation also permits psychologists, social workers, marriage and family
therapists and professional counselors to obtain a volunteer license.
legislation will allow non-profit organizations like “Give an Hour,” a
volunteer program which encourages mental
health professionals to
give an hour of their
time every week to provide free services to the military and their families, to
operate in Pennsylvania.
is a small but important effort to make sure that our returning veterans and
their families get what they need from us – the citizens for whom they have put
their lives on the line and sacrificed so much,” said Rep. Harper.
the ‘Give An Hour’ program to operate in Pennsylvania will make mental health
care more accessible to these men and woman, and I am pleased to have worked
with Dr. John Valentine of Blue Bell, Sen. Stewart Greenleaf and now Gov.
Corbett to make this a reality.”
County Community College (MCCC) hosted the event.
Gov. Corbett at the ceremony were Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), Rep.
Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), Rep. Matthew Bradford (D-Montgomery) and Rep. Mike
Vereb (R-Montgomery) . Gov. Corbett was also joined by Pennsylvania Adjunct
General Wesley Craig, MCCC President Dr. Karen A. Stout and Dr. John Valentine,
who worked with Rep. Harper on the legislation.
To read the
full text of the legislation, visit the General Assembly’s website at www.legis.state.pa.us. Governor Corbett originally signed
the bill on July 2, 2014.