Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Maryland) introduced H.R. 7103, the Suicide Prevention Analytics Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation aims to address the gap in data reporting as it relates to self-harm and suicidal behavior. This pilot program will help improve the compilation and sharing of near real-time suicidal behavior information among care providers, prevention experts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Emergency Room medical practitioners record suicidal and self-harm behaviors using standard medical data recording processes, including privacy regulations and safeguards. However, reports on suicidal behavior can take one to two years to compile. By enabling near real-time data sharing, community care providers can respond more quickly to changes in trends, deliver more timely prevention resources, and track the success of such resources.
“Too many of us have experienced the tragic loss of life and heartbreak that results from suicide. I'm proud to be the lead co-sponsor for this legislation that focuses on a better way to track and monitor self-harm and suicidal behavior,” said Rep. Stewart. “Up-to-date reporting will allow federal and state resources to be made available in a more effective and timelier manner. There is still a lot to be done, and I am committed to continuing this critical work.”
“Suicide rates in America are alarming and this is just one of the many necessary steps to improving mental health care,” said Rep. Delaney. “This legislation would enable the CDC to work in partnership with local communities, creating far more effective prevention efforts based on near real-time analysis. I applaud the efforts by mental health leaders – especially the AFSP – in pushing for this critical improvement in care. We will save lives with this bill.”
The program provides grants to state or local public health departments and is staggered to increase the number of grants over a five-year period, allowing CDC to build on its initial rollout to reach more communities each year.
In 2016, 1.3 million Americans attempted suicide and in 2015, 505,507 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, reflecting the need for a more comprehensive review of suicidal behavior trends and effective prevention and reduction methods. This is the second collaborative mental health effort by Delaney and Stewart this year, after pushing for more program funding during the appropriations process.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-New York) bipartisan legislation, the Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act, was passed by the House of Representatives. This legislation honors the late president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, with a Congressional Gold Medal. The legislation is passed days after the 40th anniversary of the Camp David Accords, September 17th.
President Sadat made a historic visit to Israel in 1977, the first Arab leader to do so. This began the foundation of peace between Egypt and Israel. This visit was all the more courageous given the opposition and outrage he faced at the time.
“President Anwar Sadat truly embodied the statesmanship and fortitude necessary to bring peace to the Middle East. His shining example of putting aside our differences and working towards peace is just as important today as it was during his tenure as President of Egypt.” – Rep. Chris Stewart
“The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress and awarding it to the late Egyptian President would be a fitting tribute to the historic contributions he made to peace in the Middle East. Anwar Sadat’s pioneering vision, leadership and courage led him to become the first Arab leader to visit and recognize Israel, and posthumously awarding him with this medal will ensure that Congress rightly honors his legacy and achievements. I thank Congressman Stewart for partnering with me on this legislation and I thank Senators Cardin and Hatch for sponsoring the bill in the Senate.” – Rep. Grace Meng
“With another milestone achieved in the passage of this immensely important legislation, I would like to thank Representative Chris Stewart and Representative Grace Meng for introducing the legislation to the House of Representatives and for ensuring its passage. Anwar Sadat was a man of vision, wisdom, courage, and above all a staunch believer in peace. He serves as an example to all of us, and most importantly reminds us of the power of nations coming together and working towards the same goal. On the 40th anniversary of signing the Camp David Accords and the centennial of Anwar Sadat's birth, there has never been a more fitting moment to give the late President Sadat the recognition he deserves, and I am appreciative of the US House of Representatives for recognizing this great man, and the values for which he stood.” – Shafik Gabr, International Chairman of the Sadat Gold Medal Commission
“Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Anwar Sadat for his courageous leadership will introduce President Sadat to a new generation of Americans and give us hope for peace for the future.” – Ezra Friedlander, co-chairman of the Anwar Sadat Committee
For a video of Congressman Stewart’s remarks on the House Floor, click here.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) amendment passed the House of Representatives that secures $15 million for the Central Utah Project, Utah’s largest and most comprehensive water resource development program. The amendment was included in the final version of the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. It will now head to the President to be signed into law.
“This is great news for Utah,” Stewart said. “With an increase of nearly 50% over last year’s funding, the Central Utah Project will now be able to move forward towards completion and continue to serve the people of Utah for decades to come.”
“The District is grateful to Congressman Stewart for his direct efforts to increase federal funding for construction of the Central Utah Project,” said Gene Shawcroft, General Manager of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. “The project is in its final years of construction and the timely completion of the project is vital to the future water supply for Utah residents.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT), John K. Delaney (D-MD), Jose Serrano (D-NY), and John Faso (R-NY) sent a letter to Chairman Tom Cole (OK-5) and Ranking Member Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-5) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, and Related Agencies applauding the bipartisan effort to address the mental health crisis in our country. In the letter requests additional funding in this year’s appropriations bill to close gaps in providing comprehensive care to mental health patients.
“Too many of us have experienced the tragic loss of life and heartbreak that results from suicide,” said Congressman Stewart. “Access to suicide prevention resources is critical, and I believe Congress can do more to help those in crisis. I’m hopeful that these imperative resources will be fully funded in this year’s appropriations.”
“These recommendations will allow for a more holistic approach to mental health,” said Congressman Delaney. “We need to ensure that no one is falling through the cracks when it comes to education, treatment, and addressing spikes in specific communities. I thank Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro for their past leadership on this issue and appreciate the work of Congressmen Serrano and Stewart in highlighting these critical areas.”
“The mental health crisis in our country has reached alarming levels. According to the CDC, the rates of suicide and substance abuse have skyrocketed in nearly every state during the past two decades. Congress must act to provide those on the front lines with the resources they need to help prevent those who are considering self-harm from doing so. This bipartisan package includes additional resources, research funding, and real-time data to meet this public health crisis head on, help people better cope during difficult times, and ultimately save lives,” said Congressman Serrano.
“We must continue to enhance the resources available for programs that are dedicated to understanding and treating mental health issues,” said Congressman Faso. “Unfortunately, suicide is a growing problem in New York and throughout our country, demonstrating the need to increase funding for grant programs aimed at suicide prevention. This letter shows a bipartisan commitment in support of various suicide prevention programs aimed at real results.”
The requested funding increases would allow already existing programs to more effectively serve patients and those most at-risk, including greater resources for 24/7 national call centers, implementation of new youth and campus-based prevention programs, heightened resources for Native American and Alaskan Native prevention programs, more efficient data capture and resource allocation at emergency rooms, and the building of new, scalable research models using big data and algorithms.
The programs that would receive additional funding include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the National Institutes of Mental Health, The Garrett Lee Smith Youth and Campus Suicide Prevention and State Grant Programs, the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, and the Syndromic Surveillance of Self-Harm Behaviors and Suicidal Ideation.
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump signed Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) legislation, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act (H.R. 2345), into law. This bill aims to designate a new national 3-digit dialing code – similar to 911 – to be used for a mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline.
“This is a great day for Utah and a great day for the Nation. We now have the opportunity to make the National Suicide Prevention Hotline more accessible and easier to remember. By creating a hotline dialing code that is short and easy to remember, we are taking an important step towards potentially averting tragedy. This new law truly has the ability to save lives. I’m grateful that the President signed this into law in a timely manner.” – Rep. Chris Stewart
Specifically, The National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act:
Asks the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to conduct the following study:
This bill was supported by:
Utah Department of Human Services – Read their letter of support here.
Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health – Read their letter of support here.
University of Utah’s University Neuropsychiatric Institute – Read their letter of support here.
Mental Health Liaison Group (comprised of 45 national groups) – Read their letter of support here.
The full text of the legislation can be found here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) legislation, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act, was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 379-1. This bill aims to designate a new national 3-digit dialing code – similar to 911 – to be used for a mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline.
“Every nine minutes someone commits suicide in the US and for every suicide-related death there are twenty-five attempts. These are truly heartbreaking statistics and sadly they hit close to home. Utah ranks fifth for the highest suicide deaths in the US. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act is a bipartisan and commonsense piece of legislation that has the ability to save lives. The current national hotline number is cumbersome and hard to recall. By creating a hotline dialing code that is short and easy to remember, we are taking an important step towards potentially averting tragedy. I thank my colleagues for passing this important legislation, and I look forward to it getting signed into law quickly.” – Rep. Chris Stewart
Congressman Stewart spoke on the House Floor today in support of this legislation. To view, click here, or the picture below.
The full text of the bill can be found here.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the 2019 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which included several of Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) provisions that are critical for Utah.
Specifically Rep. Stewart’s amendments do the following:
“I am pleased that the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill passed the House today. This bill includes several of my amendments that are critical to Utah’s interests. We we’re able to increase PILT’s funding, a critical program for Utah’s rural counties. It addresses the wild horse overpopulation issue that is prevalent in the West. And it focuses on maintaining healthy forests’ and helps fund more wildland fire protection. I’m grateful for the support from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who helped these amendments make it into this final legislation.” - Rep. Chris Stewart
The Interior and Environment Appropriation Bill also includes:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. Jared Polis' (D-Colorado) bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4257 the Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act, was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives.
State trust lands generate over $3.8 billion annually to benefit school children. However, millions of acres of state school trust lands are trapped within wilderness areas, national parks, national monuments and other areas that have been set aside for conservation purposes. The ACE Act provides a streamlined process by which state and federal land managers can exchange trust lands within federal conservation areas for other public lands that are better suited for revenue generation for public schools.
“The ACE Act proves we can come together to solve complex public land issues. It’s a win for Utah, a win for school kids, and a win for conservation. I’m eager for this bipartisan piece of legislation to be passed by the Senate, signed into law, and begin benefiting children across the West.” - Rep. Chris Stewart
“The Ace Act is a win-win for both the environment and schools, two things I care deeply about. By cutting red tape between state land trusts and the federal government, we can protect our most precious wilderness areas, while generating more revenue for local governments and schools that desperately need it.” - Rep. Jared Polis.
This bill is supported by the Western States Land Commissioners Association, the Wilderness Society, the State of Utah’s School & Institutional Trust Lands Administration, and other groups.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of Utah site, located in Milford, Utah, will receive up to $140 million in continued funding over the next five years for geothermal research and development.
Rep. Stewart (R-Utah) commented:
I am thrilled for the University and Beaver County. This initiative highlights our world renowned scientists and the groundbreaking research and development at the University of Utah. We’ve been producing geothermal energy for a hundred years but until now, production has been limited to sites with near perfect conditions. The University’s research revolutionizes production meaning that clean, reliable energy could be produced in thousands of locations. This will truly transform the energy industry.
After a three year competition, the site in Milford has been selected as the location of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) field laboratory. This new site will be dedicated to research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), or manmade geothermal reservoirs.
More information about the FORGE field laboratory in Milford can be found here.
More information about the DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office can be found here.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) legislation, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act, passed unanimously out of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This bill aims to designate a new national 3-digit dialing code – similar to 911 – to be used for a mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline.
“After the recent passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline jumped 25%. While the hotline number has increased access, I know we can do better. The current dialing code is cumbersome and hard to recall. We need to create a hotline dialing code that is short and easy to remember. It’s imperative that this legislation get signed into law quickly, and I’m grateful that the Energy and Commerce Committee is helping move it along.”
The full text of the bill can be found here.
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Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah’s Second Congressional District. He is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner/CEO of a small business.
Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.
Chris is a prolific author having written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers, and have been published in six different countries.
Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.
Chris now serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee.
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