VA Palo Alto Health Care System
The Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program (HVRP)
The primary goal is to help Veterans return to employment and stable housing while maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle. Rehabilitation involves roughly 90 days of personal problem solving and life-skills training in a peer-support format, and an additional 90 days for job search and employment.
The 70-bed residential program has a remarkable record of success during its 20+ years of service, serving over 3,000 Veterans with many going on to complete and graduate while rebuilding their lives. Alumni, outpatients and residents interact in an extended community that promotes and supports the long-term success of Veterans coming through HVRP.
The treatment approach at HVRP is pragmatic, incorporating cognitive-behavioral techniques into a therapeutic community context. Specifically, cognitive-behavioral skills training provides Veterans with new alternatives for dealing with problems, while life in the therapeutic community offers myriad opportunities for practicing new strategies and receiving immediate feedback. Personal responsibility and faith in individuals' capacity for growth are emphasized. Individual interventions reinforce and supplement group work.
Residents move through three phases of treatment during the typical 6-month inpatient stay. To advance from phase to phase, residents must demonstrate increased proficiency in skills and must practice those skills in an expanding range of settings. Graduation from the program occurs with an additional 13 weeks of outpatient aftercare treatment.
General Eligibility for VA Care
Eligibility for most VA benefits is based on discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Depending on financial status, there may be a co-payment charge.
For information on enrolling in the VA system for medical and other services, visit VA Health Benefits.
Domiciliary Admission Criteria:
- Capable of self care
- Not in need of a higher level of care
- Motivated and able to actively participate in intensive treatment
- Homeless or at risk of being homeless
How to Apply – HVRP
To apply or receive information about the program, please call 1-800-848-7254, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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