Men's Trauma Recovery Program (MTRP) - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System

 

Men's Trauma Recovery Program (MTRP)

A few FAQs before you begin...

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How long is the program?

MTRP length of stay varies with each individual. The program is designed to be approximately 60-90 days. Length of stay may be longer or shorter. Participation in a trauma group would likely extend the length of stay.

Can I apply on my own?

No, MTRP does not accept self-referrals. Referrals must be provided by outpatient mental health providers.

Do residents stay on hospital grounds?

Yes, residents stay in one of two exclusively designated buildings on the Menlo Park, CA, campus of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Am I allowed to leave the campus at all while I'm there?

Weekend passes are part of the treatment curriculum and allow for practice of skills learned in the program. Residents take day passes through the weekend. Those with family or loved ones nearby may be approved for passes lasting from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.

Can I receive mail in the program?

Yes, you will be given your mailing address prior to admission.

Do you have computer access?

Yes. A computer is available to maintain contact with family members and to take care of personal business. Residents are discouraged from bringing their own personal laptops, but if they are brought they may be used in a public place downstairs in one of the PTSD buildings only and cannot be plugged into the port. Computer use must be of reasonable duration and cannot interfere with group activities.

Am I allowed to leave the campus at all while I'm there?

Weekend passes are part of the treatment curriculum and allow for practice of skills learned in the program. Residents take day passes through the weekend. Those with family or loved ones nearby may be approved for passes lasting from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.

Is there a phone in my room?

Yes, there are phones available bedside. Phone cards can be used to cover communication costs.

Can I bring my cell phone?

Yes, but cell phone use must be of reasonable duration and cannot interfere with group activities.

Will I have my own room?

Residents are generally required to share a room with at least one other person.

Will there be an opportunity for individual therapy?

Our program is a therapeutic community based on group work to facilitate healing and change. Opportunities for individual therapy are extremely limited.

Will someone help me transition into the program?

Yes. Residents are assigned a “big brother” who can provide support and help new residents learn about the program.

Can I wear my uniform or branch of service insignia on my clothing while in the program?

We strongly discourage highlighting differences among the residents and prefer residents to seek out what they have in common with each other. In addition, uniforms and other military insignia/paraphernalia may be upsetting to other residents.