Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 1588
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Appropriations (Latvala) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 35 - 84
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 295.156, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         295.156Alternative treatment options for veterans.—
    8         (1)Subject to legislative appropriation, the Department of
    9  Veterans’ Affairs shall contract with one or more individuals,
   10  corporations not for profit, state universities, or Florida
   11  College System institutions to provide alternative treatment
   12  options for veterans who have been certified by the United
   13  States Department of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the
   14  United States Armed Forces as having a traumatic brain injury or
   15  posttraumatic stress disorder. For purposes of this section, the
   16  term “alternative treatment” means a therapeutic service that is
   17  not part of the standard of medical care established by the
   18  United States Department of Veterans Affairs for treating
   19  traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder but has
   20  been shown by at least one scientific or medical peer-reviewed
   21  study to have some positive effect on traumatic brain injury or
   22  posttraumatic stress disorder. Alternative treatment must be
   23  provided under the direction and supervision of an individual
   24  licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 460, chapter
   25  464, chapter 490, or chapter 491.
   26         (2)Each contracted individual or entity shall report
   27  annually to the department each alternative treatment provided,
   28  the number of veterans served, and the treatment outcomes.
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   31  And the title is amended as follows:
   32         Delete lines 3 - 12
   33  and insert:
   34         creating s. 295.156, F.S.; requiring the Department of
   35         Veterans’ Affairs, subject to appropriation, to
   36         contract with individuals and entities to provide
   37         alternative treatment options for certain veterans;
   38         defining the term “alternative treatment”; requiring
   39         alternative treatment to be provided under the
   40         direction and supervision of certain licensed
   41         individuals; requiring a contracted individual or
   42         entity to submit an annual report to the department;