Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Veterans' programs and scratch off game. Requires the state lottery commission to adopt rules to establish a scratch-off game to benefit Indiana veterans. Deposits revenue from sales of tickets for the scratch-off game into the veterans' treatment fund, the veterans service officer fund, and to the lottery commission for operating costs. Establishes the veterans service officer fund. Requires the director of the department of veterans' affairs (department) to give notice of the existence of the veterans' treatment program (program) to each individual in Indiana who has a traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder related to the individual's service as Veterans' programs and scratch off game. Requires the state lottery commission to adopt rules to establish a scratch-off game to benefit Indiana veterans. Deposits revenue from sales of tickets for the scratch-off game into the veterans' treatment fund, the veterans service officer fund, and to the lottery commission for operating costs. Establishes the veterans service officer fund. Requires the director of the department of veterans' affairs (department) to give notice of the existence of the veterans' treatment program (program) to each individual in Indiana who has a traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder related to the individual's service as a member of the armed forces. Requires the department to maintain a waiting list of individuals eligible to receive treatment under the program. Allows an individual who meets certain requirements to directly petition to be placed on the waiting list. Establishes the program as a pilot program and the veterans' treatment fund to provide treatment for veterans with traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder at no cost to the veterans who receive treatment. Requires the state department of health to establish and administer the program standards. Allows the state health commissioner to appoint an advisory board for the program. Provides a facility and health care provider with civil immunity for providing treatment under the program and requires the veteran to acknowledge that there is immunity before receiving treatment. Allows money to be deposited into the fund as a directed gift. Requires annual reporting and a report to the senate committee on military and veterans affairs. Provides that the scratch off game to benefit veterans, the veterans' treatment program and the veterans fund expire June 30, 2020. ... View more