Preventing Military Suicide: Joe has led the charge in the effort to prevent military suicide. In 2014, his Jacob Sexton Military Prevention Suicide Act was signed into law, requiring for the first time that all servicemembers have an annual mental health assessment. Provisions from his bipartisan "Servicemember and Veterans Mental Health Care Package" were signed into law in late 2015 that will improve the quality of and access to mental health care for servicemembers. In December 2016, remaining provisions from Joe’s Care Package were signed into law, calling on the Defense Department to address the mental health care provider shortage by expanding the use of physician assistants.
Addressing Opioid Abuse and Heroin Use Epidemics: Another priority for Joe has been addressing the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemics devastating families and communities across the nation. For several years, Joe has worked on bipartisan legislation to combat these epidemics, and significant portions of his bill were included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law in July 2016.