The need for programs to treat combat stress in returning soldiers is soaring, but The Pathway Home has seen its clientele diminish from 42 at a time during the first three years to something closer to 15 because of a decline in funding.
The center currently is operating
The costs are far lower than
But in recent months, Gusman and program manager Kathy Loughry have worked without pay to ensure they can retain their full panel of therapists. They are hopeful of
They are also seeking formal accreditation, which would make the program eligible for health insurance reimbursements available for treating active duty personnel, who account for about one in five of The Pathway Home’s clients.
A bipartisan bill to expand treatment options for people with PTSD and traumatic brain injury, co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, was adopted by the House last summer. The five-year pilot program would provide reimbursements for vets receiving treatment from providers that, like The Pathway Home, operate outside the VA and Department of Defense.
Thompson has pledged to reintroduce the bill until it’s made law. He cited The Pathway Home as the kind of innovative treatment that should be available to U.S. veterans.
“This is what I know,” Thompson said. “I know that this is working really well for some people. ... And I don’t think we should deny treatment to somebody because the rules don’t allow funding to follow these people to the treatment centers that they need.”
— Mary Callahan