DALLAS — The WIOa Program is making strides to combat the opioid epidemic, with its pilot program aimed at finding and training new providers of treatment to help the country’s most vulnerable veterans.
The program, which is testing the availability of technology to help veterans recover from chronic pain, is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to expand the opioid crisis by developing innovative and cost-effective ways to treat veterans with chronic pain.
The administration also is seeking to improve access to treatment for veterans suffering from other conditions.WIOa has identified several hundred veteran-owned businesses across the country that offer opioid-related services, including the WIOb program, WIOc program and WIOd program, according to an announcement Friday from the office of Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
The programs will be funded through the WIAA, which was created by President Donald Trump’s health care law and has been overseen by Murray since March.
The announcement says WIOas goal is to “support and develop innovative technology solutions to address the growing opioid crisis, including by providing veterans with the best available options for their recovery.”
The office said WIOs goal is not to replace VA treatment, but to be a catalyst for the delivery of new treatments and services.
The White House is also trying to create more jobs for vets, the announcement said, and the administration is working with Congress to address veterans’ health needs.
The Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs said Wioas goal will help the administration “focus on the VA’s critical health care needs.”
The WIO program, established by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs to help Veterans access treatment and services for chronic pain and other chronic conditions, has been in place since the Trump campaign, according and WIAAs website.
It is run by the VA Office of Patient Assistance and has the support of the U, S and D Departments of Veterans affairs, the Department of Defense, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U (Department of Homeland Security) and the Department’s Office of Science and Technology.WIAa has expanded its reach in recent years by partnering with nonprofit organizations to provide training to veterans, and in 2018, it expanded to include health care workers.