Text: H.R.6123 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/14/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6123

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 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 14, 2010

Mr. Walz (for himself, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Bilirakis, and Mr. Pascrell) introduced the following bill; which was 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 2010”.

SEC. 2. Rehabilitative services for veterans with traumatic brain injury.

(a) Rehabilitation plans and services.—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) For purposes of this section, and sections 1710D and 1710E of this title, the term ‘rehabilitative services’ includes—

“(1) rehabilitative services, as defined in section 1701(8) 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) Program.—Section 1710D(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by inserting “and rehabilitative services” after “long-term care”; and

(2) by striking “treatment”.

(c) Cooperative agreements.—Section 1710E(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting “, including rehabilitative services,” after “medical services”.