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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program

About the Program

The Bay Pines Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (DRRTP) is located on the Bay Pines VA grounds.  It is a program open to homeless veterans who have specific rehabilitative needs and a willingness to participate in a supportive, therapeutic community. The DRRTP is a recovery focused community where veterans are empowered to develop personalized strategies to achieve and maintain the highest level of independence possible prior to return to community living. Our overriding philosophy is one of hope and optimism.

The DRRTP is a two phase program. In Phase I, veterans begin to address psychosocial issues. They participate in evaluations by a multidisciplinary team including a physician, nurse, social worker, recreation therapist, vocational rehabilitation specialist, psychologist, and other specialty providers as needed. Veterans formulate an individualized wellness plan and attend classes and group sessions focused on developing self awareness, skill building and recovery. Most DRRTP residents enroll in a work readiness instructional program provided by the Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC). PTEC offers a broad range of classes in topics such as computers, resume writing, interviewing skills, and money management.

During Phase II, veterans begin actively seeking stable housing and community employment. They may participate in Transitional Work Experience (TWE). TWE prepares veterans for independence through supported employment opportunities designed to teach job skills and the art of negotiation and conflict resolution. Because of the need to be physically and emotionally available for assessments and classes, most veterans begin employment after they have completed Phase I classes.

Throughout the DRRTP stay, residents attend case management meetings to assist in staying on target with wellness goals. DRRTP Aftercare Services are available for residents who have completed DRRTP to assist with re-integration back into the community. The length of stay in the DRRTP varies because each resident's wellness plan is individualized; generally, the length of stay is approximately four months.

Mission/Philosophy

Our mission is to heal first those who have served this nation, by providing medical and psychosocial services with the hope of eliminating the suffering caused by homelessness, addiction, trauma, displacement, and unemployment.

Our goal is to maximize the abilities of our veterans by restoring self worth, dignity and pride through education, counseling, and vocational rehabilitation. The interaction with other veterans such as themselves creates camaraderie, a family atmosphere which enables them to reach out to their families, communities, and society.  (Written by DRRTP Residents 2007)

Admission Guidelines

The following issues are considered when assessing a veteran's ability to benefit from DRRTP care:

  1. The veteran is assessed as not needing admission to acute psychiatric or medicine.
  2. A less restrictive treatment alternative has been tried or is unavailable.
  3. The veteran has been assessed as requiring the structure and support of a residential treatment environment.
  4. The veteran is assessed as not presenting a risk of harm to self or others.
  5. The veteran is capable of self preservation in case of fire or other evacuation, and basic self care.
  6. The veteran lacks a stable lifestyle or alternative living arrangement that is conducive to recovery.
  7. The veteran has identified treatment and/or rehabilitation needs which can be met by the program.

Referral Procedure

Referrals for DRRTP are initiated through contact with the Homeless Program Walk-In Clinic, a VA Primary Care Physician or Social Worker. Referrals may also be initiated through Outreach Workers who visit a variety of community locations that serve individuals and families who are homeless.  Applicants for Domiciliary admission are evaluated for all of the programs the VA has developed for Veterans who are homeless.  This will ensure the best match possible for the Veteran.

Please contact our admissions staff at (727) 398-6661 Ext. 4457 for additional information.