Nationally, about a quarter of Americans suffer from mental illness in a year, but about half of those will not seek treatment, in part, because of stigma.
Sen. Donnelly says the shortage of mental health providers in the military is an ongoing issue.
The bill would create a small pilot program that would train physician assistants in psychiatric treatment through a state-sponsored fellowship.
The state is partnering with Community Health Network to develop a neuro-diagnostic institute.
The effort follows up on Donnelly’s 2014 legislation that allowed all military members to receive annual mental health screenings.
Indianapolis' Emergency Medical Services Chief says a lot of crime suspects and/or victims have some form of mental health challenges or struggles.
Sen. Joe Donnelly says the package helps ensure military men and women have quality local mental health providers by creating a special designation.
The proposed legislation would require the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to provide the best care for mental health conditions.
The criminal code overhaul aims to treat more low-level offenders at the local level, but mental health service providers say they need more money to do that.
One bill requires a third-party evaluation of suicide prevention programs within the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.