Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program - VA Hudson Valley Health Care System
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VA Hudson Valley Health Care System


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program

The VA Hudson Valley Health Care System Residential Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program is a 24-bed, 45-day inpatient program for male Veterans who have suffered a traumatic event either in combat or other military-related experience.

The PTSD Program is designed to address the behavioral, emotional and relational adjustment problems of Veterans with military-based trauma.

These residential services provide a comprehensive treatment approach that includes Individual, Group, Marital and Couple Counseling, Pharmacotherapy and other evidence based treatments. Follow-up outpatient treatment is an integral part of the overall PTSD offerings.

A multi-disciplinary treatment team will work with the Veteran in a structured and safe environment to process traumatic experiences. Emphasis is directed at establishing safety, as well as skill attainment to better cope with symptoms common to PTSD.

Our Mission is to assist the Veteran

  • in understanding the emotional and behavioral consequences of trauma
  • in identifying problem areas and to begin to develop appropriate coping skills
  • in under-standing the relationship between trauma and substance abuse
Admission Criteria

Any Veteran who has sustained a trauma during his military experience and who is not chronically psychotic or so acutely psychotic that confinement to a restricted area is required.

  • A history of military-related trauma
  • Diagnosis of a stress-related disorder (does not have to be service-connected)
  • Motivation for self-improvement
  • Ability to work effectively in a group treatment setting
  • Capacity and willingness to abide by unit rules and guidelines
  • Not acutely suicidal or homicidal
  • Veterans who have a substance abuse problem must be abstinent and stabilized prior to admission
  • Veterans must be free of assaultive behavior for 30 days

Veterans may be referred by a clinician or be self-referred. Veterans are required to complete a screening packet and may be considered for admission if they have sustained a trauma based in military experience and are sufficiently psychiatrically stable to actively and appropriately participate in the Dom PTSD Program. Veterans are screened either in person or by telephone. During the screening, many of the Program's rules, expectations and program features will be described.

Verification of military service is required, i.e., Veteran is required to provide authorization for obtaining 201 form. A copy of DD214 is a prerequisite for admission to the program.

A treatment team, referring clinician, agency, or the Veteran himself, should contact the Program Assistant at (914) 737-4400, ext. 3873 for an application. Pending completion of the application by both the referring clinician and Veteran, as well as the above documents, a screening/orientation will be scheduled.

Treatment Services

In addition to clinical assessments upon admission, as well as appropriate referrals for aftercare upon completion, the program offers the following groups:

  • DBT Skills Training
  • Trauma Exposure Therapy
  • Symptom Management
  • Feelings/Emotion Regulation
  • Dream/Relaxation Group
  • Anger Management
  • 12-Step Groups (AA & NA)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention/Seeking Safety
  • Empowerment
  • Education (medication, nutrition)
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Personal Journaling
  • Medication Management
  • Evidence-based Therapy: PE, CPT, CBT-I

At time of Admission, Veterans will be provided a thorough orientation that includes:

  • their rights and responsibilities
  • the Complaint and Appeal Procedures
  • ways in which input can be given
  • confidentiality policies
  • intent/consent to treatment
  • behavioral expectations of PTSD Program
  • transition criteria and procedures
  • discharge criteria
  • any and all financial obligations, fees, and financial arrangements for services provided by the organization
  • identification of potential risk
  • standards of professional conduct
  • the program's health and safety policies
  • staff responsible for their services

Every Veteran will be provided a thorough clinical assessment which includes both a psychiatric and medical component to identify and plan for treatment. We will assist the Veteran in identifying problem areas and develop appropriate coping skills in order to regain control over various aspects of your life and to make appropriate referrals for further treatment if necessary, or other aftercare plans, to include:

  • domiciliary treatment
  • outpatient individual and/or group psychotherapy
  • referrals for vocational rehabilitation
  • referrals for co-morbid, chemical dependency disorders
  • referrals for TBI assessment and appropriate interventions

A packet may be requested by mail at the following address or fax:

VA Hudson Valley Health Care System
Residential PTSD Program
Box 100
Bldg. 15CD
Montrose, NY 10548
Fax: (914)788-4285

Contact Info


  • Montrose Campus, Bldg. 15CD

Contact Number(s)

  • 914-737-4400 Ext. 3873

Hours of Operation

  • 24x7