Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center

 

Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program

Mission of MH RRTP

The MH RRTP mission is to provide state-of-the-art, high-quality residential rehabilitation and treatment services for veterans with mental illness, addiction, homelessness and/or psychosocial deficits.  The MH RRTP identifies and addresses goals of rehabilitation, recovery, health maintenance, improved quality of life, and community integration in addition to specific treatment of medical conditions, mental illness, addictive disorders, and homelessness.

Services Offered in MH RRTP

  • Groups for Relapse Prevention and Clean Living Skills, Combined Substance Abuse and PTSD
  • Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment
  • Other Medical Treatment
  • OIF-OEF Specialty Education and Therapy Groups
  • Services for our Female Veterans
  • AA/NA Classes and Groups
  • Individual and Group Therapies Effective in Assisting with PTSD
  • Individual Therapy for Addictive Behavior
  • Management of anger, depression, stress, finances and social skills
  • Vocational Assessment and Guidance
  • Compensated Work Therapy Opportunities
  • Medication Management Training
  • Occupational and Recreational Therapy
  • Nutritional Assessment and Guidance
  • Spiritual Guidance and Enhancement
  • Big Book Study and Aftercare Study

Program Duration and Length of Residential Stay

The length of one's residential stay is determined through regular review of the veteran's progress and need for further residential rehabilitation services. MH RRTP does not have any pre-determined length-of-stay for any resident.

Specialty Programs

Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV)

The Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans- Residential Rehabilitation Program is a forty-eight bed, residential program designed to provide a safe, supportive, therapeutic environment for homeless veterans suffering from substance abuse and related mental health conditions. The program is located at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Bldg. 137, 4th Floor. Residents receive psychiatric, medical, psychosocial, occupational, nutritional, recreational, and vocational assessments within the first nine days of admission — to formulate a treatment plan and a time frame for completing their goals.

Goals: The DCHV program strives to help veterans be able, upon discharge, to:

  • Obtain permanent, stable housing
  • Obtain steady reliable income that enhances housing stability
  • Refrain from using drugs or alcohol in a manner that is damaging to physical health, family, job adjustment, or that threatens personal safety
  • Develop healthy coping mechanisms for handling stressors
  • Experience improvement in interpersonal and social/family relationships
  • Support oneself in the community to the fullest extent possible
  • Manage one's affairs to ensure that those immediate needs for clothing, food, shelter, transportation, and medical care are met in a responsible manner.

Admission Requirements and Factors That Might Hinder Admission

Requirements for Admission

The Veteran must:

  1. Not be unstable psychiatrically or medically such that more acute care is indicated.
  2. Have tried a less-restrictive treatment alternative, if one was available.
  3. Genuinely require the structure and support of a residential treatment environment.
  4. Not be in immediate and significant risk of harm to oneself or to others.
  5. Be lacking a stable lifestyle or living arrangement that is conducive to recovery.
  6. Be capable of self-preservation regarding personal safety and basic self-care.
  7. Have clearly identified treatment and rehabilitation needs which can be addressed by the program, including homelessness.
  8. Submit to medical and psychiatric screening, prior to admission to the program, to determine medical and psychiatric appropriateness.
  9. Not have any pending legal issues that could interfere with treatment. Screening staff can discuss the specifics during assessment.
  10. Sign a contract which shows understanding of program policies and agreement to cooperate with and abide by them while in residential care.
Factors That May Hinder Admission
  1. The applicant is not a veteran or not qualified to receive care in the VA.
  2. The applicant is not presently psychiatrically/medically stable.
  3. The applicant has not attempted to use available outpatient treatment or less restrictive treatment alternatives.
  4. The applicant is not capable of self-preservation and basic self-care.
  5. The applicant does not have a readily identified treatment, diagnosis, and/or rehabilitation need which the program can address.
  6. The applicant is actively suicidal or homicidal.

Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP)

The Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Program is a twenty-one bed residential program designed to provide a safe, supportive therapeutic environment for veterans suffering from substance abuse and related mental health conditions. The program is located at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Bldg. 137, 4th Floor. Each resident receives psychiatric, medical, psychosocial, occupational, nutritional, recreational, and vocational assessments within the first nine days of admission. This extensive information is used to formulate a treatment plan and time frame for completing goals.

Goals: The SARRTP program strives to help veterans be able, upon discharge, to:

  • Refrain from the use of non-prescribed drugs or alcohol in a manner that is damaging to physical health, family of job adjustment, or that threatens personal safety.
  • Experience improvement in interpersonal and social/family relationships
  • Support oneself in the community to the fullest extent possible. Manage one's affairs in such a way that immediate needs for food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and medical care are met in a responsible manner.
  • Develop new sources of personal satisfaction that are socially acceptable, improve relationships, and develop interests and skills in healthy leisure time activities.

Admission Requirements and Factors That Might Hinder Admission

Requirements for Admission

The Veteran must:

  1. Not be unstable psychiatrically or medically such that more acute care is indicated.
  2. Have tried a less-restrictive treatment alternative, if one was available.
  3. Genuinely require the structure and support of a residential treatment environment.
  4. Not be in immediate and significant risk of harm to oneself or to others.
  5. Be lacking a stable lifestyle or living arrangement that is conducive to recovery.
  6. Be capable of self-preservation regarding personal safety and basic self-care.
  7. Have clearly identified treatment and rehabilitation needs which can be addressed by the program.
  8. Submit to medical and psychiatric screening, prior to admission to the program, to determine medical and psychiatric appropriateness.
  9. Not have any pending legal issues that could interfere with treatment. Screening staff can discuss the specifics during assessment.
  10. Sign a contract which shows understanding of program policies and agreement to cooperate with and abide by them while in residential care.
Factors That May Hinder Admission
  1. The applicant is not a veteran or not qualified to receive care in the VA.
  2. The applicant is not presently psychiatrically/medically stable.
  3. The applicant has not attempted to use available outpatient treatment or less restrictive treatment alternatives.
  4. The applicant is not capable of self-preservation and basic self-care.
  5. The applicant does not have a readily identified treatment, diagnosis, and/or rehabilitation need which the program can address.
  6. The applicant is actively suicidal or homicidal.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Residential Rehabilitation Program (PTSD-RRTP)

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Residential Rehabilitation Program is a fifteen bed, residential program designed to provide a safe, supportive therapeutic environment for veterans suffering primarily from PTSD. The program is located at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Bldg. 137, 4th Floor. Each resident receives psychiatric, medical, psychosocial, occupational, nutritional, recreational, and vocational assessments within the first nine days of admission. This extension information is used to formulate a treatment plan and time frame for completing their goals.

Goals: The PTSD RRTP program strives to help veterans be able, upon discharge, to:

  • Experience considerably less frequency and intensity of the target symptoms of PTSD that have afflicted them, and to have an improved skills set for coping with these symptoms when they do occur.
  • Where applicable, not use drugs or alcohol in a manner that is damaging to physical health, family of job adjustment, or that threatens personal safety.
  • Experience improvement in interpersonal and social/family relationships.
  • Support oneself in the community to the fullest extent possible. Manage one's affairs in such a way that immediate needs for food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and medical care are met in a responsible manner.
  • Develop new sources of personal satisfaction that are socially acceptable, improve relationships, and develop interests and skills in healthy leisure time activities.

Admission Requirements and Factors That Might Hinder Admission

Requirements for Admission

The Veteran must:

  1. Not be unstable psychiatrically or medically such that more acute care is indicated.
  2. Have tried a less-restrictive treatment alternative, if one was available.
  3. Genuinely require the structure and support of a residential treatment environment.
  4. Not be in immediate and significant risk of harm to oneself or to others.
  5. Be lacking a stable lifestyle or living arrangement that is conducive to recovery.
  6. Be capable of self-preservation regarding personal safety and basic self-care.
  7. Have clearly identified treatment and rehabilitation needs which can be addressed by the program.
  8. Submit to medical and psychiatric screening, prior to admission to the program, to determine medical and psychiatric appropriateness.
  9. Not have any pending legal issues that could interfere with treatment. Screening staff can discuss the specifics during assessment.
  10. Sign a contract which shows understanding of program policies and agreement to cooperate with and abide by them while in residential care.
Factors That May Hinder Admission
  1. The applicant is not a veteran or not qualified to receive care in the VA.
  2. The applicant is not presently psychiatrically/medically stable.
  3. The applicant has not attempted to use available outpatient treatment or less restrictive treatment alternatives.
  4. The applicant is not capable of self-preservation and basic self-care.
  5. The applicant does not have a readily identified treatment, diagnosis, and/or rehabilitation need which the program can address.
  6. The applicant is actively suicidal or homicidal.

Compensated Work Therapy - Transitional Residency Program (CWT-TR)

The CWT-TR program is designed for Veterans whose rehabilitative focus is based on CWT and transitioning to successful independent community living. Ongoing outpatient support is provided for diagnoses-specific conditions. The needs of women Veterans are addressed, including the expansion of the number of available services and beds available to women Veterans.

Admission Requirements and Factors That Might Hinder Admission

Requirements for Admission

The Veteran must:

  1. Not be unstable psychiatrically or medically such that more acute care is indicated.
  2. Have tried a less-restrictive treatment alternative, if one was available.
  3. Genuinely require the structure and support of a residential treatment environment.
  4. Not be in immediate and significant risk of harm to oneself or to others.
  5. Be lacking a stable lifestyle or living arrangement that is conducive to recovery.
  6. Be capable of self-preservation regarding personal safety and basic self-care.
  7. Have clearly identified treatment and rehabilitation needs which can be addressed by the program.
  8. Submit to medical and psychiatric screening, prior to admission to the program, to determine medical and psychiatric appropriateness.
  9. Not have any pending legal issues that could interfere with treatment. Screening staff can discuss the specifics during assessment.
  10. Sign a contract which shows understanding of program policies and agreement to cooperate with and abide by them while in residential care.
Factors That May Hinder Admission
  1. The applicant is not a veteran or not qualified to receive care in the VA.
  2. The applicant is not presently psychiatrically/medically stable.
  3. The applicant has not attempted to use available outpatient treatment or less restrictive treatment alternatives.
  4. The applicant is not capable of self-preservation and basic self-care.
  5. The applicant does not have a readily identified treatment, diagnosis, and/or rehabilitation need which the program can address.
  6. The applicant is actively suicidal or homicidal.

 

Contact Info

Location

  • Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
    Fax: 205-554-2028

Contact Number(s)

  • 205-554-2000 Ext. 2838
  • 205-554-2000 Ext. 3520

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm