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    This page contains bills sponsored by presidential contenders. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

05-S1116 on May 25, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: providing mental health services for older Americans
Source: Positive Aging Act (S.1116/H.R.2629)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to provide for mental health screening and treatment services, and to provide for integration of mental health services and mental health treatment outreach teams.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. CLINTON: This bill is an effort to improve the accessibility and quality of mental health services for our rapidly growing population of older Americans. As we look forward to increased longevity, we must also acknowledge the challenges that we face related to the quality of life as we age. Chief among these are mental and behavioral health concerns.

It is estimated that nearly 20% of Americans age 55 or older experience a mental disorder. It is anticipated that the number of seniors with mental health problems will increase from 4 million in 1970 to 15 million in 2030. Mental disorders do not have to be a part of the aging process because we have effective treatments for these conditions. But in far too many instances our seniors go undiagnosed and untreated because of the current divide in our country between health care and mental health care.

That is why I am reintroducing the Positive Aging Act. This legislation would strengthen the delivery of mental health services to older Americans. Specifically, the Positive Aging Act would fund grants to states to provide screening and treatment for mental health disorders in seniors. It would also fund demonstration projects to provide these screening and treatment services to older adults residing in rural areas and in naturally occurring retirement communities, NORC's.

I believe that we owe it to older adults in this country to do all that we can to ensure that high quality mental health care is both available and accessible. This legislation takes an important step in that direction.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; never came to a vote.


  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Provide mental health services for older Americans
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for mental health service for older Americans

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 05-S1116

Timothy Bishop s1oNew York Democrat 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s2pNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Daniel Inouye s1oHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
Patrick Kennedy s2pRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Cynthia McKinney s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Dennis Moore s1oKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Major Owens s1oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 



Republicans participating in 05-S1116

Susan Collins s2pME Republican Sr Senator 
Randy Kuhl s1oNew York Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jim Leach s1oIowa Republican 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s2pFlorida Republican 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 



Independents participating in 05-S1116

Joseph Lieberman s1oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 19
Republicans: 5
Independents: 1


















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