Veterans, certain; alternative treatment options. (HB541)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patrons Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), and Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alternative treatment options for certain veterans; report. Directs the Department of Veterans Services to consider the efficacy of alternative treatments available for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder and report its findings and conclusions to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health. The bill defines "alternative treatment" as a therapeutic service that (i) is not part of the standard of medical care established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for treating traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder but has been shown by at least one scientific or medical peer-reviewed study to have some positive effect on traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder and (ii) is provided at the direction and under the supervision of an individual licensed by the Board of Medicine, Nursing, Counseling, Psychology, or Social Work. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100200D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (10-Y 0-N)
01/25/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB541)
02/01/2018Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2018Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/08/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee amendment agreed to
02/12/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB541E
02/12/2018Printed as engrossed 18100200D-E
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/2018Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
03/01/2018Continued to 2019 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
11/30/2018Left in Education and Health