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VA - 2616 - Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameCreating Options for Veterans Expedited Recovery (COVER) CommissionAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number2616
Original Establishment Date7/24/2017Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date2/24/2020Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*10
Current Charter Date8/13/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter8/13/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date2/24/2020Designated Federal Officer First Name*John
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameP.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Goodrich
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixJr.
Specific Establishment Authority*Section 931 of CARADesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-4061
Effective Date Of Authority*7/22/2016Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The COVER Commission supports Secretary VA's priorities of Greater Choice and Suicide Prevention through an examination of complimentary and integrative health treatments that have the potential to improve the health of Veterans.
How is membership balanced?*Through Congressional and Presidential appointments as required in COVER legislation.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated number of face-to-face meetings per year - 6 with additional meetings called at the discretion of the Chair and/or DFO. Relevance of meetings called will be high. FY20 3 face-to-face visits to finalize report and recommendations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 requires the establishment of the COVER Commission to achieve the goals outlined in Section 931 of that legislation. (Goals are listed in narrative description under Performance Measure section.)
Why close or partially close meetings?Not Applicable
Recommendation RemarksTermination: 2.24.2020. Per COVER legislation: (4) PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT.—Members of the Commission shall be appointed for the life of the Commission; and (f) TERMINATION OF COMMISSION.—The Commission shall terminate 30 days after the Commission submits the final report under subsection (e)(2).


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentProvide report of findings and recommendations to SECVA, HVAC, SVAC, and POTUSNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*10Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe COVER Commission active date(s)
2018 - 2020
Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*20.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentCOVER Commission recommendations are transformational changes requiring the integration of Whole Health, CIH and Mental Health approaches to expediate Veteran's recovery and resilience.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*80.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentFull implementation has been impacted by the necessary response to the COVID pandemic for 20% of the recommendations. The remaining recommendations are occurring and ongoing.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback Comment*Not ApplicableNarrative Description*COVER Commission, goals described in Section 931 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 include:1) Examine the efficacy of the evidence-based therapy model used by VA to treat mental health illnesses and identify areas of improvement;2) Conduct a patient-centered survey within each VISN to examine: the experiences of veterans with VA facilities regarding mental health care, the experiences of veterans with non-VA facilities regarding mental health care, the preferences of veterans regarding available treatment for mental health issues and which methods the veterans believe to be most effective, the experience, if any, of veterans with respect to the complementary and integrative health treatment therapies, the prevalence of prescribing medication to veterans seeking treatment for mental health disorders through VA, and the outreach efforts of VA regarding the availability of benefits and treatments for veterans for addressing mental health issues; 3) examine available research on complementary and integrative health for mental health disorders in areas of therapy including: music therapy, equine therapy, training and caring for service dogs, yoga therapy, acupuncture therapy, meditation therapy, outdoor sports therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, accelerated resolution therapy, art therapy, magnetic resonance therapy, and others; 4) study the sufficiency of VA resources to deliver quality mental health care; and 5) study the current treatments and resources available within VA and assess: the effectiveness of such treatments and resources in decreasing the number of suicides per day by veterans, the number of veterans who have been diagnosed with mental health issues, the percentage of veterans who have completed VA counseling sessions, and the efforts of VA to expand complementary and integrative health treatments viable to the recovery of veterans with mental health issues as determined by the Secretary to improve the effectiveness of treatments offered by VA.

FY20 the Commission Members worked to finalize the documentation describing their findings and recommendation for the components outlined above. The COVER Commission submitted their final report on the January 24, 2020 to the President of the United States, the United States Congress (House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs) and the Secretary of the VA.

July 31, 2020 the SECVA’s response to the COVER Commission’s report regarding the 10 recommendations was submitted to the President of the United States, the United States Congress (House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs) and the Secretary of the VA. The responses were a collaboration that included 7 VA program offices (Member Services and VBA, OMHSP, Veteran Access to Care, OPCC&CT, Veteran Experience Office and Office of Community Care) with an action plan for implementation, continuation of on-going activities and/or exploration of innovation solutions to address all recommendations.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$8,887.92Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$279,073.12Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$289,732.10Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$18,633.50Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$4,472.04Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$14,162.05Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$614,960.73Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*5.50Est Cost RemarksTerminated in FY20 (2.24.2020)
Cost RemarksTerminated in FY20 (2.24.2020) - There were 10 Non-paid Commissioners throughout the Commission ending on 2.24.2020  
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Interest Areas

Public Health


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035949Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission2019
 COM-033599Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission2018
 COM-001153Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission2017