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ABOUT LOUIS A JOHNSON VA MEDICAL CENTER
Located on a 16-acre campus southwest of central Clarksburg in northern W. Va., the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center provides a broad array of medical and primary care services for veterans, as well as a mental and behavioral health department.
The department provides inpatient medical detox services, residential care, and outpatient support for substance use disorder, as well as treatments for a wide range of other mental and behavioral health disorders. The center is one of three substance-use programs in the state of West Virginia operated by federal government agencies, as well as one of the state's 19.6 percent of facilities that offer dedicated treatment for veterans.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The primary treatment modalities in use at the Louis A. Johnson Center are individual and group therapy as well as medication management. According to the VA's general information about treatment for substance use disorder, typical programs also suggests that clients participate in 12-step fellowship. At the Louis A. Johnson center, family therapy is available by appointment.
The facility is among the 35.3 percent of rehabs in West Virginia that can treat co-occurring disorders, through a program called Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery Treatment Program (MHRRTP). The program is designed for individuals struggling with medical problems, mental health disorders, addiction, and/or homelessness via inpatient and outpatient care. In light of the particular needs of veterans, the center also has dedicated programming to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The center provides little further information about its treatment specifics, however, the Handbook of Military Social Work notes that the most common method used to treat addiction at VA facilities, in general, is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), along with education and support. The handbook also notes that VA facilities aim to assess veterans seeking addiction treatment for any co-occurring disorders, such as PTSD or depression, and to provide treatment for those disorders along with support in the areas of spirituality, sexual dysfunction, employment, and education.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff, however, the single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center five out of five stars for its staff's level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The MHRRTP dual (or multiple) diagnosis program offers 15 beds. There is currently no further information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, however, the sole alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the facility perfect five-star ratings for its cleanliness, accommodations, meals, and exercise and leisure offerings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date would strongly recommend treatment at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. "Everything is spot on," J.B. wrote, giving the facility five out of five stars in almost all of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its treatment effectiveness, holistic offerings, family participation, counseling options, and ability to treat co-occurring disorders.
At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded no coverage of the medical center's mental health or addiction provisions in particular, and mixed-to-positive feedback about the medical center as a whole, with a 3.5 out of five-star average rating based on 32 reviews on Google, and a four-star average rating based on 172 opinions on Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page. 
In negative commentary, numerous reviewers expressed frustration with disorganization, long wait times, and rude staff. "My brother went to the ER because his psychologists told him he needed to be admitted into the psych ward. After more than 5 hours waiting he walked out more depressed and frustrated than before. The staff were unbothered by his request to be attended, rude, and uncaring," Sue wrote on Google, in a representative review and one of the few comments about mental healthcare at the facility.
However, many reviewers expressed unreserved praise after attending the facility for many years, often describing the staff as compassionate and helpful and the center as efficient. "This has to be the best Hospital in the VA system... Every doctor that I have ever seen there has been outstanding as is everyone. They all care," Richard wrote in one representative review on Facebook.
Services are available to all qualifying active duty service members, veterans, and their families. A co-pay may be required for some services. The sole alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the facility five out of five stars for its affordability.
In October 2017, it was reported that a manager at the Louis A. Johnson Medical Center had manipulated data in order to reduce reported wait times. In an official statement, the VA noted that it had “immediately discontinued the practice, developed a process for clinic approvals, and educated leadership and staff on the requirements contained in agency directives violated in this matter. The agency is currently determining how to recoup lost payments. In addition, the VA counseled the manager responsible for the creation of these improper clinics.”
Published on February 2019
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