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Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC)

The PRRC is an outpatient treatment program that offers extensive skill-building group modules for Veterans diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI). Through a therapeutic learning environment, Veterans are guided, supported, and empowered to develop and strengthen their life, coping, self-care and social skills in order to attain their personal recovery goals.
The San Antonio PRRC is divided into two programs: the South Texas Acute Rehabilitation & Recovery Program (STARR) and the Stepping Stones Psychosocial Recovery Center Program (SSPRC).
STARR does not have an SMI diagnosis requirement for acceptance into the program. We accept Veterans who are undergoing stressful situations and psychiatric relapse. Our goal is to prevent hospitalization. The STARR program is generally for ten working days, however there may be an option for an additional 1-2 weeks of treatment depending upon the Veteran's recovery and the treatment team's assessment.
Veterans who participate in the Stepping Stones Psychosocial Recovery Program must have an SMI diagnosis in the psychotic spectrum (Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Bipolar I, and Major Depression Disorder with psychotic features). Length of participation varies from six to eight months depending upon the Veteran's needs and recovery goals. During the initial assessment phase, Veterans develop their individual recovery goals and select group modules designed to improve their coping, life, self-care, and social skills. In order to enhance recovery, Veterans are strongly encouraged to integrate and utilize local community agencies, services and activities.
The PRRC is directed by a staff psychiatrist. The two individual programs are each managed by a staff psychologist and the programs share a chaplain. STARR staff consists of a staff psychologist, a social worker, two RNs and a recreational therapist. The Stepping Stones Program consists of a staff psychologist, two social workers, and a peer support counselor.
We welcome you to drop by unit 1C of the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., to speak with one of our program support assistants or to obtain a brochure. Veterans must be referred by their mental health provider.
The PRRC is directed by a staff psychiatrist.

PRRC helps Veterans:

  • To develop effective coping strategies
  • To expand and enhance their social skills and reduce stigma
  • To make healthy choices that promote recovery and a healthy way of life
  • To reintegrate themselves into the community
  • To develop thinking, planning, attention, and memory skills
  • By providing group activities and classes by staff who can share their own experiences of recovery from serious mental illness.

Classes include:
Managing a Severe Mental Illness; Coping Skills (Anger, Anxiety and Depression Management, etc); Psychotherapy Groups; Medication Management; Art for Recovery; Spiritual Growth; Healthy Relationships; Self-Esteem; Nutrition; Sleep Hygiene; Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP); Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention; Suicide Prevention Strategies; Yoga for Recovery; Enhancing Motivation; Family Group; Women’s Psychotherapy Group; Meditation; Body/Mind Connection Movement Group; Self-Care Skills and more!

For questions or more information, please contact:
Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital
7400 Merton Minter Blvd, 116A
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 617-5300 ext.17557/14270

Here are some useful community resources you may look up on the internet or in your phone book
EXTERNAL LINKS DISCLAIMER:
By clicking on the below links, you will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the below websites.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support, and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illness. Included is a section on fighting stigma and how you can help! The local San Antonio chapter can be visited here: http://www.nami-sat.org/, or to reach them by phone, call:(210) 734-9596.

National Resource Directory - A very comprehensive resource directory that is a partnership project between the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs. "An online partnership for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers, Veterans, their families and those who support them."

American Veterans and Service Members Survival GuideA guide on how to cut through the bureaucracy and get what you need and what you are entitled to.

Dual Recovery Anonymous- an independent, non-professional, Twelve Step, self-help membership organization for people with dual diagnosis. The goal is to help men and women who experience dual illness (chemically dependent and also affected by emotional or phsychiatric illness).

National Mental Health Consumers Self Help Clearinghouse- information and assistance guides for consumers of mental health.

Alamo Head Injury- To improve the quality of life for survivors of brain injury and their families.

Trauma-Pages and PTSD Alliance- provides a variety of resources for those who have experienced trauma.

Help Guide- excellent information on a range of topics related to anxiety disorders and other mental health conditions.

National Center for PTSD- the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD.