Alternative Treatment Options for Veterans

Posted in Latest News on June 28, 2019 .

HB 501 (2019), created section 295.156, Florida Statutes, allowing alternative treatment options for veterans starting July 1, 2019.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs may contract with a state university or Florida College System institution to provide any of the following alternative treatments:

  • Accelerated resolution therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which must be provided at a registered hyperbaric oxygen facility
  • Music therapy
  • Service animal training therapy

Veterans qualify for the above treatments if he or she:

(1) Has been diagnosed by a health care practitioner* with service-connected posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a service-connected traumatic brain injury.

(2) Voluntarily agrees to such alternative treatment; and

(3) Can demonstrate he or she has previously sought services for PTSD or a traumatic brain injury through the federal Veteran Affairs service delivery system OR through private health insurance, if available.

* An individual licensed under chapter 458 (Medicine), chapter 459 (Osteopathic Medicine), chapter 460 (Chiropractic Medicine), chapter 464 (Nursing), chapter 490 (Psychology), or chapter 491 (Clinical social worker/Marriage and family therapist/Mental health counselor).


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