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TITLE:  DoD Directive 6490.1, "Mental Health Evaluations of the Members of the Armed Forces", 10/01/1997

SUMMARY: This Directive: 1. Reissues DoD Directive 6490.1, September 14, 1993. 2. Updates policy and assigns responsibilities for referral, evaluation and management of Service member directed for mental health evaluations, including: a. Prohibition of the rights of Service members, in accordance with Section 546 of Public Law 102-484, October 23, 1992 and DoD Directive 7050.6, August 12, 1995, referred by their commanding officers for mental health evaluations and for inpatient hospitalization. b. Prohibition of the use of referrals by commanding officers for mental health evaluations in reprisal against whistleblowers for disclosures protected by Section 546 of Public Law 102-484, October 23,1992 and DoD Directive 7050.6, august 12, 1995. c. Requirement that commanding officers be alert to potentially dangerous Service members and take actions aimed at reducing danger to both the Service member and the general public. d. Establishment of standards for mental health care providers to carefully assess risk for, and to take actions to prevent, whenever possible, dangerous behavior.

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