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Brandon Act

The Defense Department has issued guidance that allows service members to start their own referral for a mental health evaluation.

This policy is in accordance with federal law (Section 704 of Public Law 117-81) and a Congressional bill named in honor of Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Caserta who died by suicide in 2018. The Brandon Act empowers service members to get the help they need confidentially. This reduces the stigma associated with mental health. Service members start the referral process by talking to their commander or supervisor.

Find Mental Health Resources Read the Brandon Act Fact Sheet

The Brandon Act

Implementation Phases

The Military Departments will implement the policy in two phases.

  1. All service members serving on active duty
  2. All service members not serving on active duty
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What prompted the introduction of the Brandon Act?

 

Q2. What priority actions is the Department of Defense taking in response to the legislation?

 

Q3. Can you provide details about the education and training plans?

 

Q4. How will service members benefit from the Brandon Act?

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