Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) Philosophy
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ABOUT CENTRAL ALABAMA VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (CAVHCS)
Operating two facilities in the communities of Tuskegee and Montgomery, Ala., Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) provides short-term residential and outpatient-based services for military veterans and active-duty personnel seeking treatment for psychiatric disorders, chemical dependency, or co-occurring disorders. The CAVHCS is one of six (4.7 percent) of facilities in Alabama that are run and licensed by the federal government.
If necessary, medically-monitored detox services may be available to help patients safely withdraw from drugs and/or alcohol.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients undergo an initial substance abuse and/or psychiatric assessment to determine an appropriate plan of care. While most facilities in Alabama provide substance abuse screenings, 65.1 percent of them offer screenings for mental health concerns as well. Many co-occurring disorders can be treated at the facility simultaneously.
The treatment process focuses on stabilizing clients as quickly as possible. Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System is one of 11 (8.5 percent) of facilities in the state that offer short-term residential care. Clients who may benefit from a structured, monitored environment to stabilize may be referred to short-term residential care.
The treatment methods used by CAVHCS include pharmacological intervention and a range of evidence-based treatment methods. Medication management is available for clients that need medications during treatment. Clients also have access to medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to help manage the symptoms of withdrawal so that they can focus on treatment. The facility uses Suboxone in its MAT programs.
CAVHCS is one of 88 (68.2 percent) facilities that provide trauma-informed care for clients with trauma and stress-related conditions. This includes treatments for PTSD and similar conditions. The facility provides counseling and educational workshops that teach coping and self-management skills so that clients can manage their stress levels and possible symptoms.
Mental health services of VA hospitals and clinics are facilitated by a multidisciplinary team comprised of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, registered nurses, case managers, social workers, and peer specialists. Volunteers and mentors are also used to provide support during the treatment process.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. The single alum gave the facility five out of five stars for its cleanliness, while the single loved one polled gave only two stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The sole alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave a positive review of their experience at the Tuskegee facility, providing five out of five stars for the facility's discharge planning, counseling options, and the treatment staff's level of experience and training. Citing the staff as the facility's strength, the alum described the facility as "Wonderful."
Reviews on third-party sites yield mediocre ratings with individuals noting problems with appointments and others praising staff. On Google, CAVHCS Montgomery Clinic earned an average of 3.9 out of five stars from 13 reviews to date. On Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System as a whole has a 3.2 out of five star rating from 162 reviews. Several reviewers indicated that the lab opened later than its posted hours but will “cancel appt” if clients “show up late.” Others noted that the new hospital is “beautiful” and a “Nice new place, and very clean.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The loved one polled about the Tuskegee facility was critical of the facility, offering two out of five star ratings for the level of family participation, the facility's discharge planning, and its ability to treat co-occurring disorders. "Did not keep following the patient," the loved one wrote. The loved one gave three out of five stars for the facility's counseling options and the treatment staff's level of experience and training.
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System accepts private insurance and TRICARE. It is also one of the 33 (25.6 percent) of facilities in Alabama that accept Medicare.
Published on January 2019
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