by Nancy De Gennaro – The Daily News Journal
MURFREESBORO — New efforts to provide veterans with help with substance abuse and post-traumatic stress also requires more community support, an official with the program at York VA Medical Center said Tuesday.
“We need them to work with us as far as helping veterans transition back into the community … with jobs, volunteers, those kinds of things,” said Sandra Keysaer, a registered nurse and associate chief of the mental health intensive-case management program at the medical center. “It takes a whole village.”
Officials from the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System were on hand Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new mental health residential rehabilitation treatment facility at the medical center.
“This is a transitional-care program and we will be focusing on veterans who have substance-issue disorders and (post-traumatic stress disorder),” said Keysaer, .
The mission of the program is to provide state-of-the-art, high-quality residential treatment and services for veterans with mental illness, addiction issues, homelessness or psychosocial deficits, officials said. Goals include recovery, rehabilitation, health maintenance, improved quality of life, and community integration success.