VA Extending Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has put out a call for proposals from contractor facilities wishing to participate in the recently extended Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). This decision was made in light of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 which extended the program through October 6, 2017.

The AL-TBI program was introduced to help provide specialized assisted living services to veterans who suffered a traumatic brain injury in order to increase their quality of life and improve their rehabilitation process. Currently, eligible veterans are able to be placed in private sector residential care facilities with specialization in neurobehavioral rehabilitation. The AL-TBI program provides these veterans with team-based care for speech, memory, mobility, and other critical life skills.

At its peak, 187 veterans were enrolled in the pilot program which was operated at 46 facilities across 22 states. Currently, there are 94 veterans enrolled in the program and their care will continue thanks to the Act. With the extension of the AL-TBI program, the VA is seeking more qualified facilities to provide care for eligible veterans. Eligible facilities are required to meet federal, state, and local standards of care and licensing, as well as be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for Residential Rehabilitation/Brain Injury Program.

According to the most recent reports from the Department of Defense, there have already been 12,083 cases of TBI diagnosed in servicemembers in the first half of 2014. TBI can cause severe disabilities, both mental and physical, that can seriously impact a veteran’s quality of life. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI during military service and have disabling conditions as a result of that injury, the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-855-855-8992.