Information Resources for People with Disabilities

Alternative Pain Management and Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder – Federal Employees' Compensation Act Bulletin NO. 18-06

Shares a policy, announced August 8, 2018, guiding the authorization of alternative, non-opioid pain management treatments and treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) for federal workers receiving workers' compensation. Aims to reduce barriers to non-opioid pain treatment, such as alternative pain medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and other treatment without medication, as well as in-patient pain management programs. Increases patient access to OUD treatments, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), opioid treatment programs, in-patient, out-patient, and emergency services.

Sponsor: Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

Provides resources for parent training and information centers and community parent resource centers across the U.S. which support families of children with disabilities in effectively participating in their child's education and development. Offers information and training to families, professionals, and other organizations by providing access to a resource library, a directory of parent centers, an online database of experts, webinars, and other resources on a variety of topics, including mental health and trauma-informed care.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Medicare Coverage of Services in Opioid Treatment Programs

Describes a benefit that covers opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services under Medicare Part B medical insurance. Enables the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to make bundled payments to certified opioid treatment programs (OTPs) for OUD treatment services for an episode of care provided to Medicare Part B beneficiaries. Covers the following services under the benefit: opioid agonist and antagonist medication-assisted treatment (MAT) medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), naloxone and overdose education, substance use counseling, individual and group therapy, toxicology testing, intake activities, and periodic assessments.

Sponsor: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) Resources

Includes links and descriptions for various resources and programs supported by the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) for training, startup and advanced business counseling, mentorship, and other entrepreneurial services. Assists veterans and service-disabled veterans, service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and their spouses with pursuing small business ownership. Offers information and resources intended to help military entrepreneurs gain access to capital, such as grant money and small business loans.

Sponsor: Small Business Administration (SBA)
VHA Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)

Provides information on compensated work therapy (CWT), a clinical vocational rehabilitation program available at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers to help veterans with mental illness or physical disabilities obtain and maintain employment. Includes information on CWT services available for veterans, CWT benefits, and labor force information for employers.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)