(b) Elements- The study required by subsection (a) shall include a review and assessment of the following:

(1) The current state and effectiveness of the programs of the Department of Defense and the military departments relating to the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and management of, and research on, substance use disorders in members of the Armed Forces.

(2) The adequacy of the availability of and access to care for substance use disorders in military medical treatment facilities and under the TRICARE program.

(3) The adequacy of the oversight by the Department of Defense of programs related to the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and management of substance use disorders in members of the Armed Forces.

(4) The adequacy and appropriateness of current credentials and other requirements for physician and non-physician healthcare professionals treating members of the Armed Forces with substance use disorders.

(5) The advisable ratio of physician and non-physician care providers for substance use disorders to members of the Armed Forces with such disorders.

(6) The adequacy and appropriateness of protocols for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of substance use disorders in members of the Armed Forces.

(7) The adequacy of the availability of and access to care for substance use disorders for members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces when compared with the availability of and access to care for substance use disorders for members of the regular components of the Armed Forces.

(8) The adequacy of the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and management of substance use disorders in dependent family members of members of the Armed Forces, whether such family members suffer from their own substance use disorder or because of the substance use disorder of a member of the Armed Forces.

(9) The need for and appropriate provision of confidentiality for members of the Armed Forces who seek services or treatment for a substance use disorder.

(10) Such other matters as the Secretary considers appropriate for purposes of the study.



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