Females in Combat
Specialized PTSD Treatment Programs
in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers provide a network of more than 100 specialized programs for veterans with PTSD, working closely in conjunction with the Veterans Web Site operated by VA's Readjustment Counseling Service.
Each specialized PTSD program offers veterans education, evaluation, and treatment conducted by mental health professionals from a variety of disciplines (such as psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling, and nursing).
Outpatient PTSD Programs include three basic types of clinics in which veterans meet with a PTSD specialist for regularly scheduled appointments:
- PTSD Clinical Teams (PCTs) provide group and one-to-one evaluation,
education, counseling, and psychotherapy.
- Substance Use PTSD Teams (SUPTs) offer outpatient education, evaluation,
and counseling for the combined problems of PTSD and substance abuse.
- Women's Stress Disorder Treatment Teams (WSDTTs) provide women veterans group and one-to-one evaluation, counseling and psychotherapy.
Day Hospital PTSD Programs include two basic approaches to providing a "therapeutic community"
that veterans with PTSD can attend several times weekly for social,
recreational, and vocational activities as well as for counseling:
- Day Treatment PTSD Units provide one-to-one case management and
counseling, and group therapy, education, and activities, in order
to help clients live successfully with PTSD. Treatment and socialization
activities are scheduled on a several-hour-a-day basis during
the day and evening hours.
- Residential (Lodger) PTSD Units also offer one-to-one case management
and counseling, and group therapy, education, and activities,
on a several-hour-a-day basis. While enrolled in daytime and evening
PTSD treatment, lodger clients may live temporarily in secure
quarters that do not have 24-hour nursing supervision.
Inpatient PTSD Programs include four basic types of services conducted while veterans
reside in hospital units providing 24-hour nursing and psychiatry
- Specialized Inpatient PTSD Units (SIPUs) provide trauma-focused
evaluation, education, and psychotherapy for a period of 28 to
90 days of hospital admission.
- Evaluation and Brief Treatment of PTSD Units (EBTPUs) provide
PTSD evaluation, education, and psychotherapy for a briefer period
ranging from 14 to 28 days.
- PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Programs (PRRPs) provide PTSD
evaluation, education, and counseling, and case management emphasizing
resuming a productive involvement in community life. PRRP admissions
tend to be 28 to 90 days.
- PTSD Substance Use Programs (PSUs) provide combined evaluation,
education, and counseling for substance use problems and PTSD.
PSU admissions range from 14 to 90 days.
The information on this Web site is presented for educational
purposes only. It is not a substitute for informed medical advice
or training. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat
a mental health problem without consulting a qualified health
or mental health care provider. All information contained on these
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This page was last updated on 12 March 1997. For more information
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