VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Recreation Therapy - Mental Health
Recreation/creative arts therapists work in mental health functions as interdisciplinary team members and specialize in a wide variety of skills and recovery-oriented and evidence-based practices. Some of these specialized skills/practices include intensive psychosocial rehabilitation, shared decision making, motivational enhancement techniques, case management, crisis intervention, management of assaultive behavior training, substance abuse, relapse prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, anger management, coping skills, social skills training, seeking safety model, and community integration training. Therapists in these programs are responsible for assessing individual clinical needs and developing therapeutic programs and one-on-one services based on assessed needs and program focus.
Mental health programs supported by the Service include:
Residential Addiction Treatment Services:
- Foundations of Recovery (FOR), 28-day program at the Palo Alto Division;
- First Step, 90-day program at the Menlo Park Division;
- Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program (HVRP), 6-month program at the Menlo Park Division.
- Addiction, Consultation and Treatment (ACT), Menlo Park Division;
- Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM), Menlo Park Division;
- Menlo Park Mental Health Clinic;
- Monterey Mental Health Clinic.
HUD-VASH is a program that serves Veterans who struggle with homelessness out of Menlo Park Division and the San Jose Clinic.