S 957

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 957

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of rehabilitative services for veterans with traumatic brain injury, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 11, 2011

Mr. BOOZMAN (for himself and Mr. BEGICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of rehabilitative services for veterans with traumatic brain injury, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitative Services' Improvements Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. REHABILITATIVE SERVICES FOR VETERANS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

    (a) Rehabilitation Services in Plans for Rehabilitation and Reintegration- Section 1710C of title 38, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) in subsection (a)(1), by inserting before the semicolon the following: `with the goal of maximizing the individual's independence and quality of life';

      (2) in subsection (b)--

        (A) in paragraph (1)--

          (i) by inserting after `improving' the following: `(and sustaining improvement in)';

          (ii) by inserting `behavioral,' after `cognitive';

          (iii) by inserting `and mental health' after `functioning'; and

          (iv) by inserting `, quality of life,' after `independence';

        (B) in paragraph (2), by inserting `rehabilitative services and' before `rehabilitative components'; and

        (C) in paragraph (3)--

          (i) by striking `treatments' the first place it appears and inserting `services'; and

          (ii) by striking `treatments and' the second place it appears; and

      (3) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    `(h) Rehabilitative Services Defined- For purposes of this section, and sections 1710D and 1710E of this title, the term `rehabilitative services' includes--

      `(1) rehabilitative services, as such term is defined in section 1701 of this title;

      `(2) services (which may be of ongoing duration) to sustain, and prevent loss of, functional gains that have been achieved; and

      `(3) any other services or supports that may contribute to maximizing an individual's independence and quality of life.'.

    (b) Rehabilitation Services in Comprehensive Program for Long-Term Rehabilitation- Section 1710D(a) of such title is amended--

      (1) by inserting `and rehabilitative services (as defined in section 1710C of this title)' after `long-term care'; and

      (2) by striking `treatment'.

    (c) Rehabilitation Services in Authority for Cooperative Agreements for Use of Non-Department Facilities for Rehabilitation- Section 1710E(a) of such title is amended by inserting `, including rehabilitative services (as defined in section 1710C of this title),' after `medical services'.

    (d) Technical Amendment- Section 1710C(c)(2)(S) of such title is amended by striking `opthamologist' and inserting `ophthalmologist'.

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