Iowa Veterans Home to Study PTSD

The House recently passed Senate File 2245, a bill requiring the Iowa Veterans Home to initiate and coordinate a posttraumatic stress (PTSD) dual diagnosis treatment program study.

The study will include finding information on: funding sources, program structure, program requirements, the need for such a program in Iowa, focus on the establishment of a dual diagnosis program for individuals seeking treatment for service-connected posttraumatic stress, and substance abuse. The bill requires that the committee deliver the report to the general assembly and the governor by January 15, 2013.

If the study proves a program is necessary, Commandant David Worley, hopes to open a center on site in Marshalltown for purposes of this legislation. Currently, the veterans home does care for veterans with PTSD, however there is not a specific program based on the needs for this medical condition.