United States Code

USC most recently checked for updates: Aug 19, 2019

§ 1720H.
Mental health treatment for veterans who served in classified missions
(a)
Establishment of Standards.—
(1)
The Secretary shall establish standards and procedures to ensure that each eligible veteran may access mental health care furnished by the Secretary in a manner that fully accommodates the obligation of the veteran to not improperly disclose classified information.
(2)
In establishing standards and procedures under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of Defense to ensure that such standards and procedures are consistent with the policies on classified information of the Department of Defense.
(3)
The Secretary shall disseminate guidance to employees of the Veterans Health Administration, including mental health professionals, on the standards and procedures established under paragraph (1) and how to best engage eligible veterans during the course of mental health treatment with respect to classified information.
(b)
Identification.—
In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall ensure that a veteran may elect to identify as an eligible veteran on an appropriate form.
(c)
Definitions.—
In this section:
(1)
The term “classified information” means any information or material that has been determined by an official of the United States pursuant to law to require protection against unauthorized disclosure for reasons of national security.
(2)
The term “eligible veteran” means a veteran who—
(A)
is eligible to receive health care furnished by the Department under this title;
(B)
is seeking mental health treatment; and
(C)
in the course of serving in the Armed Forces, participated in a sensitive mission or served in a sensitive unit.
(3)
The term “sensitive mission” means a mission of the Armed Forces that, at the time at which an eligible veteran seeks treatment, is classified.
(4)
The term “sensitive unit” has the meaning given that term in section 130b(c)(4) of title 10.
cite as: 38 USC 1720H