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VA MidSouth Healthcare Network


Feature Article - Expanded residential care

Veterans Health Watch

Veterans who have mental health problems often need a more structured plan of care in different therapeutic settings. In response, the medical centers in the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network (VISN 9) have upgraded or enlarged existing facilities, or are in the process of building new facilities, to ensure that Veterans have access to the services they need.

A continuum of care

VISN 9’s psychosocial residential rehabilitation treatment programs (RRTPs) provide Veterans with around-the-clock care. Patients participate in rehabilitative activities at least four hours each day. To be eligible, Veterans must have a psychiatric or psychosocial need, be medically stable, not be in need of hospital or nursing home care and be able to care for themselves with minimal assistance.

Services include treatment for those who have:

  • general psychiatric disorders
  • substance-use disorders
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • chronic mental illness and are homeless

VA medical center updates

  • Huntington VAMC: Construction on a new psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery center and an expanded outpatient mental health clinic should be completed in September 2010. A new 15-bed RRTP unit is expected to be finished in December 2011.
  • Lexington VAMC: Fifteen PTSD beds and 15 beds designated for the substance abuse residential rehabilitation treatment program (SARRTP) are located at the Leestown division.
  • Louisville VAMC: A 10-bed SARRTP unit is available. Services have been improved through extensive renovations and additions made to the facility.
  • Memphis VAMC: Construction to enlarge the existing RRTP and SARRTP units should be completed by summer 2010. The RRTP unit will go from five to 10 beds, and the SARRTP unit will go from 11 to 15 beds. Construction on a new PTSD residential facility is slated for 2012.
  • Mountain Home VAMC: A PTSD program and SARRTP are offered. Residential care is open to homeless Veterans and to those who don’t require hospital or nursing home care but who are unable to live independently because of a medical or psychosocial condition.
  • Tennessee Valley Healthcare System: Substance abuse treatment and PTSD programs are offered. An outpatient residential program provides up to 28 days of lodging. A low-intensity outpatient program for Veterans who require substance use education and a 16-week, low-intensity psychoeducational class are also available.

Caring for you

Contact the VA Medical Center in your area for more information about residential care.




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This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, which should be obtained from your doctor.