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Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC)

The VA Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) is an outpatient transitional learning center designed to support recovery and integration into meaningful self-determined community roles for Veterans with mental illness and severe functional impairment.

When referring Veterans to the PRRC, it is important to keep in mind the primary goals and eligibility criteria of the two programs being offered.

The primary goal of the South Texas Acute Rehabilitation and Recovery (STARR) Program is to help Veterans with acute or chronic mental illness learn how to appropriately use coping skills in order to improve quality of life, avoid inpatient hospitalization, and increase overall level of functioning.  Therapies offered include health and wellness education (including recreation therapy), stress management, management of mental illness, medication education, group therapy, sleep hygiene, nutrition education, community resources, and spiritual wellness.  This program typically lasts for two to four weeks with the intention that upon completion of the program, Veterans will experience an increased quality of life and ability to more effectively engage in continued rehabilitation and recovery services.  The typical Veteran referred to the STARR program will have been recently discharged from inpatient hospitalization or is showing signs of gradual deterioration that may lead to hospitalization. While participating in STARR, the Psychiatrist (STARR Medical Director) manages the Veterans’ psychotropic medications.

Veterans are eligible for STARR if they:
1. have an acute or chronic mental illness that is current resulting in significant impairment in daily activities and functioning.
2. have access to transportation to participate in programming at the VA, as well as a place to live.
3. do not have active substance abuse concerns that require greater level of supervision/treatment at this present time.
4. do not have major cognitive impairment that would limit basic communication or interaction with peers.
5. can state goals for the participation (i.e., what they would like to accomplish).
6. are psychiatrically and medically stable (e.g. no current suicidal ideation with plan/intent).


The primary goal of the Stepping Stones Program is to help Veterans with severe mental illness (SMI) and significant functional impairment learn skills to achieve self-identified therapeutic goals, assist in daily functioning, and to utilize community resources . The VA Stepping Stones Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center is an outpatient transitional learning center designed to support recovery and integration into meaningful self-determined roles in the community. Therapies offered include recovery planning, psycho-educational and skills building groups (e.g. coping skills such as coping with voices, self care skills, medication management, wellness recovery action planning, dual diagnosis substance recovery classes), hands on activities (e.g. art for recovery, meditation/yoga, recreation therapy), identification/ utilization of community resources (e.g. weekend planning, visiting community resources), job skills by referral to Supportive Employment, and individual  therapy.

Veterans are eligible for Stepping Stones if they:
1. have an Axis I diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, a major affective disorder, or PTSD with psychosis. Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) is 50 or below.
2. have access to transportation to participate in programming at the VA.
3. do not have active substance abuse concerns that require greater level of supervision/treatment at this present time.
4. do not have major cognitive impairment that would limit basic communication or interaction with peers.
5. can state goals for the PRRC (i.e., what Veteran would like to accomplish).
6. have a referring MH prescriber and/or case manager agrees to provide continuing services to Veteran while s/he is receiving services in PRRC.  (It is noted that the PRRC does not provide medication management or monitoring services).
7. are psychiatrically and medically stable (e.g. no current suicidal ideation with plan/intent).

 

Contact Info

Location

  • Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital

Contact Number(s)

  • 210-617-5300

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.