S.3051 - Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act of 2016114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 06/13/2016)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/13/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.3051 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/13/2016)
Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act of 2016
This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), through the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, to carry out a five-year pilot program under which the VA shall provide a service dog and veterinary health insurance to a veteran who:
- is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder rated at a severity level of 3 or 4 on the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5),
- has completed an evidence-based treatment and remains significantly symptomatic,
- served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001,
- has not experienced satisfactory improvement in symptoms after being treated with evidence-based therapies.
The VA shall enter into contracts with appropriate providers that are certified by Assistance Dogs International or a similar organization for the procurement of service dogs and training of such dogs and their recipients.
The provision of a service dog shall be done in addition to other types of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and shall not replace established treatment modalities.