38 U.S. Code § 1710D - Traumatic brain injury: comprehensive program for long-term rehabilitation

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(a) Comprehensive Program.— In developing plans for the rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals with traumatic brain injury under section 1710C of this title, the Secretary shall develop and carry out a comprehensive program of long-term care and rehabilitative services (as defined in section 1710C of this title) for post-acute traumatic brain injury rehabilitation that includes residential, community, and home-based components utilizing interdisciplinary teams.
(b) Location of Program.— The Secretary shall carry out the program developed under subsection (a) in each Department polytrauma rehabilitation center designated by the Secretary.
(c) Eligibility.— A veteran is eligible for care under the program developed under subsection (a) if the veteran is otherwise eligible to receive hospital care and medical services under section 1710 of this title and—
(1) served on active duty in a theater of combat operations (as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense) during a period of war after the Persian Gulf War, or in combat against a hostile force during a period of hostilities (as defined in section 1712A (a)(2)(B)  [1] of this title) after November 11, 1998;
(2) is diagnosed as suffering from moderate to severe traumatic brain injury; and
(3) is unable to manage routine activities of daily living without supervision or assistance, as determined by the Secretary.
(d) Report.— Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this section, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report containing the following information:
(1) A description of the operation of the program.
(2) The number of veterans provided care under the program during the year preceding such report.
(3) The cost of operating the program during the year preceding such report.

[1]  See References in Text note below.


(Added Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title XVII, § 1702(a),Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 488; amended Pub. L. 112–154, title I, § 107(b),Aug. 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 1173.)
References in Text

Section 1712A (a)(2)(B) of this title, referred to in subsec. (c)(1), was struck out by Pub. L. 112–239, div. A, title VII, § 727(1)(B),Jan. 2, 2013, 126 Stat. 1811.
The date of the enactment of this section, referred to in subsec. (d), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–181, which was approved Jan. 28, 2008.

2012—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 112–154inserted “and rehabilitative services (as defined in section 1710C of this title)” after “long-term care” and struck out “treatment” before “teams”.


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