Military Veterans – Patriot Support Center of Excellence
The West Oaks Hospital Patriot Support Center of Excellence is a 36 bed Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation Program. Military Veterans are initially approved and authorized by the Veterans Administration for 30 days of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation. The program is voluntary and the actual number of days the Veteran remains in the program is individualized to meet each Veteran’s needs.
Program services are designed to meet the needs of Veterans with substance abuse issues, dual mental health disorders, and chronic medical disorders. The MultiDisciplinary Treatment Team is led by a Psychiatrist Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. The Treatment Team consists of Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDC), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Certified Trauma Resolution Therapists, Registered Nurses (RN), and Mental Health Technicians.
Medical Services are provided by the attending Psychiatrist who meets daily with each Veteran for Medication Management. Internal Medicine Physicians specializing in Addiction Medicine work with each Veteran for chronic medical conditions such as Hypertension, Diabetes, COPD, CAD, HIV, Cirrhosis, and other Internal Medicine needs. Nursing Services work with the Physician to meet the medical needs of all Veterans. Nursing Services dispense all medications, monitor the unit for safety issues, provide medication compliance education, and promote healthy living, eating, and sleep habits.
Clinical Services utilizes Evidence Based Practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) via Group, Individual, and Family Therapy Sessions. This includes Chemical Dependency Education, 12 Step Program Activities, Mental Health Education, Process Groups, Trauma Resolution, and Healthy Living Habits. Trauma Groups and Suicide Prevention groups are conducted weekly. Individual sessions for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) services are available for those Veteran’s with significant Traumatic Stress issues. Recreational Therapy services provide education for healthy living and non-chemical coping skill development.
Care Management Services
Care Management Services are provided individually to each Veteran by a dedicated Veteran Services Care Manager. These services include coordinating care with the Veterans Administration, Families, External Physicians, Government Agencies, Outside Organizations, and Sober Living Facilities. Passes are provided to Veteran’s when needed to attend urgent VA Medical appointments, visits to Sober Living Facilities, or other urgent matters. All additional needs that pertain to Veteran Services are managed by the Veteran Services Care Manager.
Program Activities include Physician Sessions, Goals Group, CD Group, Relapse Prevention Group, Process Group, Trauma Group, Individual Therapy, Suicide Prevention, Firearm Safety, Recreational Therapy, Nursing Education, Medication Management, and Wrap Up Group. Family Therapy is provided when desired. Veterans attend in-house 12 Step Meetings and work on their 12 Step Programming and Relapse Prevention materials.
Program Education Curriculum
The Program Education Curriculum includes many Substance Abuse and Mental Health topics. These include but are not limited to the following subjects:
- Chemical Dependency Education
- Relapse Prevention Skills
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Spirituality in Recovery
- Addict Self vs Sober Self
- Recovery Planning
- Medication Compliance
- Healthy Living Habits
- 12 Step Meetings and 12 Step Work
- Neurochemistry of Addiction
- Suicide Prevention Skills
- Traumatic Stress Syndrome
- Positive Mental Health Skills
- Firearm Safety Practices
- Sober Living Skills
- Family Dynamics
Jim White, MBA, LCDC
Director of Military Services
Jim White has been providing services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health fields for more than 30 years. He has more than 15 years of service at West Oaks Hospital in multiple positions. He currently serves as the Director of Military Services for West Oaks Hospital.
Jim initiated and currently leads the West Oaks Hospital Patriot Support Center of Excellence. The Program is dedicated to providing care Veterans and Active-Duty members of the United States Armed Forces. Many of these Veterans have suffered extensive wounds from combat during the many years of warfare that our Nation has endured.
Jim is committed to serving the men and women who have made significant sacrifices while serving in the in the United States Armed Forces. He is driven by the belief his current role provides an opportunity to give back for the profound impact the Military had on his own pathway through life.