Status Summary

Introduced and referred to Subcommittee on Health on 7/28/2017. (updated 12/4/18)

Legislative Session

2018

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Langevin (D-RI-2)

HR 3490 amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for programs that develop and implement statewide or tribal post-adoption and post-legal guardianship mental health services for children who are adopted or placed in legal guardianship.

The grants or cooperative agreements awarded to eligible programs must:

  • Develop and implement statewide or tribal post-adoption and post-legal guardianship mental health service programs for all children who are adopted or placed in legal guardianship
  • Support public organization and private nonprofit organizations actively involved in statewide or tribal post-adoption and post-legal guardianship mental health service programs
  • Collect and analyze data on state-sponsored statewide or tribal post-adoption and post-legal guardianship mental health service programs that can be used to monitor the effectiveness of such services and for research, technical assistance, and policy development
  • Develop and provide educational and training opportunities concerning the mental health needs of children who are adopted or placed in legal guardianship, and their families, for use by teachers, social workers, and other community mental health service providers
  • Develop and provide materials for potential adoptive parents and legal guardians, both for children who already reside in the United States at the time of the adoption or placement in legal guardianship and for those who at such time reside in other countries, describing the possible need for post-adoption and post-legal guardianship mental health services and available resources
  • Develop and provide respite care services for adoptive and legal guardian families
  • Support research on, and development of, best practices for post-adoption and post-legal guardianship mental health services