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VA San Diego Healthcare System


VASDHS to Open New State-of-the-Art Facility for Transitioning Veterans

The Aspire Center's Bedroom

This is what the Aspire Center's bedroom will look like. The center will be quiet and uncluttered.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

VA San Diego Healthcare System is pleased to announce its plan to open a Veteran Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) in the Old Town community in 2012.  “This program is poised to become a national center for excellence for assisting returning combat Veterans,” said program director Deborah Dominick.

The facility, named “the Aspire Center” will prevent and treat Veteran homelessness while assisting in the recovery and rehabilitation of selected Veterans through multiple treatment modalities.  It will provide a 40 bed home-like environment and employ psychosocial support and case management services to help Veterans take control of their lives following military service.  The Aspire Center will not act as a homeless shelter, drug-treatment facility or inpatient psychiatric facility.

All Veterans will be screened and selected for admission through the San Diego VA Medical Center in La Jolla.  To be admitted, the Veteran must:

  • Be honorably discharged and eligible for VA health care services;
  • Be mentally and medically stable;
  • Be motivated to participate in all treatment components focused on recovery and empowerment;
  • And be compliant with all program rules (breaking rules can lead to consequences up to and including discharge from the program).

Upon graduation from the RRTP program, the Veteran will transition to his or her own home to live independently with the assistance of a VA Case Manager.  VA San Diego Healthcare System has a comprehensive case management team that assists Veterans with all aspects of reintegration including assistance with housing and finding employment.

For more information on the Aspire Center or RRTP, please click on this link.


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