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The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 provisions various provisions which aim to aid in the treatment of serious mental illness. These provisions amended barriers and vulnerabilities found in the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse position requirements; Medicaid and Mental Health Coverage; Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee; Compassionate Communication on HIPPA; Increased Access to Treatment for Serious Mental Illness; Supporting Innovative and Evidence-Based Programs; Grant Programs; and Mental Health Parity.

The STOP Act improves the restrictions and security on all mail sent from foreign countries through the U.S. Postal Service. The bipartisan legislation aims to bar dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers in the United States by requiring all shipments to provide “package level detail information” to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. This will allow law enforcement to identify suspicious packages, stop them in transit, test them, and keep more fentanyl from entering our communities.  

 The INSPIRE Women Act compels the director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to encourage women and girls to pursue an education in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Additionally, the Act encourages the connection of current and retired astronauts, scientists, engineers, and other personnel to work with K-12 female STEM students to inspire the next generation of women to consider studying STEM fields and pursue careers in aerospace.

The Expansion of the Pell Grant Eligibility Window allows for eligible students to be awarded up to one and one-half Federal Pell Grants to be distributed year-round, allowing for greater access to education funds and year-round schooling, unrestricted by semesters.

The Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015 requires the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to award one medical or nursing school a grant to develop best practices for health care professionals to recognize and respond appropriately to victims of severe forms of human trafficking.

The Survivor’s Bill of Rights amends the federal criminal code to establish statutory rights for sexual assault survivors, including the right to: (1) not be prevented from receiving a forensic medical examination and not be charged for an examination; (2) have a sexual assault evidence collection kit (i.e., a rape kit) preserved for 20 years or the maximum applicable statute of limitations, whichever is shorter; (3) receive written notification prior to destruction or disposal of a rape kit; and (4) be informed of these rights and policies. 

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 is a five-year reauthorization that strengthens existing law and makes critically important improvements based on feedback from VAWA service providers and program beneficiaries - VAWA 2019 Fact Sheet

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