Cheyenne VAMC plans to open local treatment facility in January 2016

The Cheyenne VA Medical Center has plans of opening its new Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility this coming January. The 10-bed facility is constructed to support veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, or other types of mental illness. The program is designed for the veteran to go through a 30 to 35 day residential program. Irene Johnson, program manager at the VA, commented that the facility includes a full working kitchen, laundry room, and recreational area so patients are able to learn various life skills as a part of the facility's clinical therapy. The construction, that began earlier this year, is a federally funded project that is estimated around $7 million to $8 million. The Cheyenne VA Medical Center currently only offers outpatient care. Veterans in need of long-term care have been recommended to other VA locations, mostly out of state. *Feature photo: Mark Van Scyoc/shutterstock*