Veterans statewide to get mental health treatment at Monroe center
MONROE — In step with Veterans Day, Fairfax Behavioral Health is unveiling a new service designed for active-duty service members, military veterans and first responders at its center in the EvergreenHealth Monroe Hospital campus.
The Fairfax Patriot Support Program is a mental health and substance use disorder treatment program that offers specialized services to meet this population’s unique challenges.
It is the only such program in the state, and it opened this week.
“As an Army Veteran myself, I understand the importance and responsibility that comes with taking care of members of our armed forces,” said Chris West, CEO of Fairfax Behavioral Health. “Our military program combines effective treatment methods with a team that is committed to providing world-class care.”
West and Fairfax's chief medical officer Dr. Aaron Andersen, a fellow veteran, championed the program.
Fairfax has 23 beds for Patriot Support clients, who come from throughout the state. They will stay an average of 21 to 28 days.
The program includes a mix of evidence-based and alternative therapy treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, art and recreation therapy, and resiliency-focused therapy. There will also be separate weekly group therapy for men and women.
After completing treatment, patients may transition to an intensive outpatient program offered three to five days a week.
“Our goal is to help our active-duty service members, first responders and veterans return to their next stage of life,” said Diana Chinea, Fairfax director of business development. “This population requires a special level of treatment due to the nature of their line of work.”
The Patriot Support Program was developed by subsidiaries of Universal Health Services. It is a covered benefit for active-duty service members and most veterans and first responders.
The grand opening Nov. 14 after press time was expected to include facility tours, speeches by West and Anderson, and a reception.
Fairfax will work with military bases, veterans’ organizations and first responders’ agencies to admit clients as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
Officials don’t anticipate a waitlist, but note they have the ability to add more capacity if needed.
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