VA Announces Extension of Program for Vets with TBI
In a recent news release, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). The program, which was originally scheduled to end in 2014, has been extended through October 2017 by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA).
Carolyn Clancy, VA’s Interim Under Secretary for Health, notes in the release, “We are pleased to extend this valuable program and provide specialized assisted living services to eligible veterans with traumatic brain injury that will enhance their rehabilitation, quality of life, and community integration. TBI is one of the prevalent wounds of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and VA remains committed to taking care of those veterans suffering from TBI.”
The VA news release reports that under the AL-TBI program, veterans meeting the eligibility criteria are placed in private sector TBI residential care facilities specializing in neurobehavioral rehabilitation. The program offers team-based care and assistance in areas such as speech, memory, and mobility. The release adds that approximately 202 veterans participated in the AL-TBI Pilot Program in 47 facilities located in 22 states. Currently, 101 veterans participate in the pilot as VA continues to accept new eligible patients into the program.
According to the release, in October, VA issued a request for proposal (RFP) for vendors wishing to participate in the program. In accordance with the RFP, the release says VA has awarded 20 contracts to facilities located in 27 states. The contracts went into effect on April 1, 2015. The program is currently effective through October 2017, in accordance with VACAA.
Visit the VA website for more information about the TBI program.