Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program - Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio
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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program

The PSR program is a rehabilitative care primarily designed for Veterans suffering from serious mental illnesses while they are living in the Domiciliary (DOM). Dayton VAMC's PSR program is located in Building 410. There are no long term-permanent placements in the Domiciliary, other than a few Veterans who were in this facility prior to the termination of permanent placement.

The 15 Principles, on which Psychosocial Rehabilitation is based, are:

  1. All people have an under utilized human capacity which should be developed.
  2. All people can be equipped with skills (social, vocational, educational, interpersonal, and others).
  3. People have the right and responsibility for self-determination.
  4. Services to clients are provided in as normal an environment as possible.
  5. Assessment of needs and care is differential (based on the unique needs, deficiencies, and environment of each individual client).
  6. Staff is deeply committed.
  7. Care is provided in an intimate environment without professional authoritative shields and barriers.
  8. Early intervention is preferable.
  9. Environmental agencies and forces are recruited to assist in the provision of service.
  10. Attempts are made to modify the environment in terms of attitudes, rights, services, and behavior (social change).
  11. Clients can use services for as long as they want, except for specific short-term, high-demand programs.
  12. Work and vocational rehabilitation are central to the rehabilitation process.
  13. The model of care is social rather than medical.
  14. The client's strengths rather than pathologies are emphasized.
  15.  The here-and-now rather than past problems is emphasized.

Eligibility: The PSR accepts Veterans with major mental illnesses such as, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, Major depression, etc. Acceptance of Veterans with other diagnoses will be on a case by case basis. Veterans with current substance abuse issues are not eligible for the program until they have satisfactorily addressed it through a substance abuse treatment program.

Program Goals: This program, based on Psychosocial Principles, is aimed at helping Veterans with serious mental illnesses on pragmatic issues of everyday living while relying on their strengths. It serves as an alternative to hospitalization as well as a transitional phase, a "step-down", following psychiatric hospitalization. This time helps Veterans to learn skills for independent living and the program is designed to integrate them back into the community. The PSR promotes the quality of life of the Veteran and it fosters maximum social, psychological and vocational rehabilitation.

Activities offered:

  • The PSR offers crisis intervention, support and education for the Veterans and their families to prevent future hospitalizations.
  • Veterans in the program can get assistance with a variety of psychosocial problems preventing community adjustment. Eg: financial, legal, family, housing.
  • Individual/group therapy, brief therapy, continuing therapy, skills training on communication, Interpersonal Relationships and Socialization.
  • Medication monitoring and education. Staff are able to monitor medication compliance (use of pill box), daily checks, but cannot administer medications.
  • Assignment of IT jobs (Incentive Therapy) in the afternoons depending on the Veteran's ability to handle such a job.

Contact Info


  • Building 115
    1st Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 937-268-6511 Ext. 1593

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm