VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Program (PTSD Program)
Location: VAMC MHC
Initial Access: PTSD consult submitted by a behavioral health provider
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Ask for PTSD Program Manager
The PTSD Program is an outpatient specialty treatment program offered to eligible Veterans who have a diagnosis of PTSD.
- Current PTSD diagnosis
There are three treatment tracks and you may be eligible for more than one track. The PTSD Program Tracks are as follows:
- Combat Related Track—For Veterans who served in a combat theater and developed PTSD from combat exposure
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Track—For Veterans who experienced MST and developed PTSD from MST
- Non-Combat Track—For Veterans who experienced a trauma across their lifespan (i.e. childhood, military, post-military) and developed PTSD from this source
This is a treatment program only and the program is not connected with the VBA Compensation and Pension Department and does not conduct evaluations for service-connected disabilities.
Upon receipt of a consult, a Veteran will be contacted to schedule an assessment with a PTSD Program provider. Following assessment, recommendations and program structure will be discussed. If a Veteran is eligible and able to commit to the program structure, the Veteran will be admitted to the program. If not admitted to the program, staff will assist the Veteran in gaining access to other behavioral health services.
Services Provided to Eligible Veterans & Program Structure
The PTSD Program is a voluntary, time-limited treatment program that includes Phase I (required) and Phase II (optional). Once you complete the PTSD Program Phase I and Phase II programming, you are ready for aftercare support and maintenance treatment at the VAMC or through a Primary Care Clinic BHIP team to be seen as needed.
Phase I - Combat/Non-Combat Track
In Phase I, you will learn how to recognize and understand your PTSD symptoms and will be offered to attend a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy based skills group. For both the Combat and Non-Combat Tracks you will be scheduled for a 16 weeks skills group. These groups are held on the same day and time each week for 16 weeks.
Veterans will also attend individual therapy while attending the 16 weeks skills group.
Phase I - MST Track
In Phase I, Veterans will participate in a 14 week skills group. There are separate groups for male and female Veterans.
Veterans will also attend individual therapy while attending the 14 weeks skills group.
Phase II - Combat/Non-Combat and MST Tracks
This phase is for Veterans who have successfully completed the PTSD Program Phase I. You can select 1 or 2 of the Phase II groups to attend to improve your use of the skills learned to manage PTSD symptoms.
Participation in Phase II is optional. Once Veterans complete PTSD Program Phase I or II, they are prepared for aftercare support that includes various recovery based supports.
PTSD Treatment Team
The PTSD treatment team is here to help you in your recovery. Your treatment team members include:
- A mental health nurse/Mental Health Treatment Coordinator
- Clinical Social Workers
- Peer Support Specialist(s)
- And, YOU!