Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program
Our Programs at the Battle Creek VA have a long history of providing high-quality, evidence-based, compassionate, and innovative care to Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In the wake of the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19, we sought new ways to provide access to treatment for Veterans with PTSD. One example of this is the PTSD virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (PTSD vIOP).
The recent pandemic has presented great challenges to us as a healthcare organization. Our access to residential beds was significantly reduced as a result of COVID, and we needed to provide more intensive care options to Veterans who were struggling at an outpatient level.
The creation of the PTSD vIOP is an example of the VA at its best! The VISN10 PTSD Experts group provided a forum to exchange and discuss best practices with PTSD Programs across VISN10, providing a conceptual model for our PTSD vIOP. Our team rose to the occasion: adopting the model, adapting their work and refining the process, all while remaining committed to providing the highest-quality care to our Veterans.
Launched in August 2020, the PTSD vIOP offers Veterans four different hours of group sessions per week, and two to three hours of individual, evidence-based treatment for PTSD per week. All group and individual sessions are delivered virtually. This maximizes access to care while reducing exposure to COVID and eliminating barriers to receiving care at a single location.
The PTSD vIOP is accepting referrals from the BCVA catchment area and you can refer Veterans to the program by selecting the consult PTSD SPECIALITY OUTPATIEINT TREATMENT PROGRAMS, and then selecting PTSD vIOP. Click HERE for a 3-minute video by Dr. DeJong which has further information on the PTSD vIOP and how to refer. Please join me in expressing gratitude for the continued commitment and innovation embodied by the members of the PTSD Team!
Click HERE for a 3-minute video by OEI/OIF Veteran and Peer Support Specialist Erika Rose which can be shared with Veterans for their information about the program. If you have any questions about the PTSD vIOP, please contact Tim DeJong at x31125.