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Sec. 369. Medical officers of the United States, when performing duties as quarantine officers at any port or place within the United States, are authorized to take declarations and administer oaths in matters pertaining to the administration of the quarantine laws and regulations of the United States.



Grants for Alaska Mental Health Program

Sec. 371 (a) There are hereby authorized to be appropriated the following sums to be available to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for the purpose of making grants to the Territory of Alaska to assist it to carry out plans, submitted by the Governor of the Territory or his designee and approved by the Surgeon General, for an integrated mental health program for the Territory, including outpatient and inpatient care and treatment: For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 1958, and June 30, 1959, the sum of $1,000,000; for each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 1960, and June 30, 1961, the sum of $800,000; for each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 1962, and June 30, 1963, the sum of $600, 000; for each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 1964, and June 30, 1965, the sum of $400,000; and for each of the years ending June 30, 1966, and June 30, 1967, the sum of $200,000.

(b) The Surgeon General shall, prior to the beginning of each calendar quarter or such shorter period as the Surgeon General may find necessary, estimate the cost of carrying out the approved plan, on the basis of estimates furnished by the Territory, including estimates of the amount of contractual obligations for hospitalization, and on the basis of such further investigations as he may find necessary. From the amounts appropriated for any fiscal year, the Surgeon General shall pay to the Territory the amount requested by it but not to exceed the amount so estimated by the Surgeon General for each such period, reduced or increased, as the case may be, by any sum (not previously adjusted under this section) by which he finds that the amount paid for any prior period was greater or less than the amount which should have been paid. The amount of any balance of payments made to the Territory under this section and remaining unobligated on July 1, 1967, shall be repaid to the Treasury of the United States.

(c) Whenever the Surgeon General finds, after affording opportunity for hearing, that the Territory has failed to comply substantially with any provisions of the approved plan, he shall notify the Governor that no further payments will be made under this section (or that further payments will not be made for parts of the plan affected by such failure) until he is satisfied that there will no longer be any such failure.

(d) For the purpose of facilitating the administration of the Territory's mental health program, the Surgeon General is authorized to enter into arrangements with the Territorial government to provide for the care and treatment, in hospitals operated by the Service, of patients requiring hospitalization. Such arrangements shall be subject to the availability of suitable facilities therefor and shall provide for charges to the Territorial government in amounts determined by the Surgeon General which shall be sufficient to cover the full cost of such care and treatment. Upon payment by the Territory the amount of such charges shall be credited to the appropriation from which such costs were incurred: PROVIDED, That, during the period of grants under this section, \payment may be effected by deductions from the amount of such grants otherwise payable to the Territory, with such deductions to be credited to the appropriation from which such costs were incurred.

Payments for Construction of Hospital Facilities

Sec. 372"(a) There is hereby authorized to be appropriated an amount not exceeding the total sum of $6,500,000, to remain available until expended, to enable the Surgeon General to make payments to the Territory of Alaska as the total contribution of the Federal Government to be used in defraying the cost of construction of hospital and other facilities in Alaska needed for the carrying out of a comprehensive mental health program.

V Part # was added by PL 830, 84 th Congress. The part designation and the numbering of sections 371 and 372

in PL 830, duplicates a new part H and sections 371 and 372 also enacted in PL 941, 84th Congress. Any references to part H or the section numbers should include the title of the respective part H.

(b) Such facilities shall be scheduled for construction in accordance with a comprehensive construction program, developed by the Territory in consultation with the Public Health Service and approved by the Surgeon General. Projects shall be constructed in accordance with such approved program and in accordance with plans and specifications for the project approved by the Surgeon General.

(c) Upon certification by the Territory, based upon inspection by it, that work has been performed upon a project, or purchases have been made in accordance with approved plans and specifications, and that payment of an installment is due, the Surgeon General shall certify such installment for payment: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That the Surgeon General may cause the project to be inspected at any time, and if such inspection indicates that the project is not being constructed in accordance with approved plans and specifications, he may, after notice and affording opportunity for hearing, withhold further payment until he finds that adequate corrective measures have been taken.

(d) The term "cost of construction" means the amount found necessary by the Surgeon General for the construction of a project and includes the construction and initial equipment of buildings (including medical transportation facilities), architects' and engineering fees, the cost of land acquired specifically for the purpose of the project, and on-site improvements.

(e) If, within twenty years from the date of completion of construction, any hospital or other medical facility constructed with the aid of grants under this section shall cease to be a publicly owned facility operated for the care or treatment of patients under the Territory's mental health program, the United States shall be entitled to recover from the Territory the then value of the hospital or other medical facility, reduced, however, proportionately to the extent to which the Territory may have contributed to the cost of construction thereof.


Purpose and Establishment of Library Sec. 371. In order to assist the advancement of medical and related sciences, and to aid the dissemination and exchange of scientific and other information important to the progress of medicine and to the public health, there is hereby es tablished in the Public Health Service a National Library of Medicine (hereinafter referred to in this part as the “Library").

Functions of the Library Sec. 372 (a) The Surgeon General, through the Library and subject to the 372)

, provisions of subsection (c), shall-

(1) acquire and preserve books, periodicals, prints, films, recordings, and other library materials, pertinent to medicine;

(2) organize the materials specified in clause (1) by appropriate cata loging, indexing, and bibliographical listing;

(3) publish and make available the catalogs, indexes, and bibliographies referred to in clause (2);

(4) make available, through loans, photographic or other copying procedures or otherwise, such materials in the Library as he deems appropriate;

(5) provide reference and research assistance; and

(6) engage in such other activities in furtherance of the purposes of this part as he deems appropriate and the Library's resources permit.

(b) The Surgeon General may exchange, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any books, periodicals, films, and other library materials not needed for the permanent use of the Library.

(c) The Surgeon General is authorized, after obtaining the advice and recommendations of the Board (established under section 373), to prescribe rules under which the Library will provide copies of its publications or materials, or will make available its facilities for research or its bibliographic, reference, or other services, to public and private agencies and organizations, institutions, and individuals. Such rules may provide for making available such publications, materials, facilities, or services (1) without charge as a public service, or (2) upon a loan, exchange, or charge basis, or (3) in appropriate circumstances, under contract arrangements made with a public or other nonprofit agency, organization, or institution.

Board of Regents

Sec. 373. (a) There is hereby established in the Public Health Service a Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (referred to in this part as the “Board”) consisting of the Surgeons General of the Public Health Service, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force, the Chief Medical Director of the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the Veterans' Administration, the Assistant Director for Biological and Medical Sciences of the National Science Foundation, and the Librarian of Congress, all of whom shall be ex officio members and ten members appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The ten appointed members shall be selected from among leaders in the various fields of the fundamental sciences, medicine, dentistry, public health, hospital administration, pharmacology, or scientific or medical library work, or in public affairs. At least six of the appointed members shall be selected from among leaders in the fields of medical, dental, or public health research or education. The Board shall annually elect one of the appointed members to serve as Chairman until the next election. The Surgeon General shall designate a member of the Library staff to act as executive secretary of the Board.

y Part # was added by PL 941, 84th Congress; transfer became effective October 1. 1956. The part designation

and the numbering of sections 371 and 372 in PL 941 duplicates = new Part 1 and sections 371 and 372 also enected in PL 830, 84th Congress. Any references to part 1 or these section numbers should include the title of the respective part H.

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