Inpatient Mental Health: Fort Thomas VA - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Inpatient Mental Health: Fort Thomas VA

Inpatient and Domiciliary
Behavioral Health Care provides a continuum of services for veterans with serious mental illnesses or chronic substance abuse problems who need more support than can be found in the community.

Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Program (DRRP)

Veterans who are not in need of acute psychiatric programs but who have chronic problems related to substance use, homelessness and/or vocational rehabilitation and can benefit from a residential program may be eligible for treatment in the Behavioral Health Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Program. Founded on a model of biopsychosocial rehabilitation, the program provides each veteran with a comprehensive individualized assessment and treatment plan that addresses substance use, vocational skills, daily living skills, medication management, and intrapersonal skill building. The multidisciplinary staff works with the veteran within the therapeutic residential milieu to facilitate development and rehearsal of functional behaviors to replace the dysfunctional habits underlying the veteran's chronic problems in maintaining independent living.

The average length of stay for veterans in the domiciliary programs is three to six months. Referrals to the Dom are screened by the treatment team to ensure veterans accepted into the program are psychiatrically and medically stable.

Domiciliary for Homeless Veterans (DCHV)

The Domiciliary Care Program is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) oldest health care program. Established through legislation passed in the late 1860's, the Domiciliary's purpose was to provide a home for disabled volunteer soldiers of the Civil War. Domiciliary care was initially established to provide services to economically-disadvantaged Veterans, and it remains committed to serving that group. The Domiciliary has evolved from a "Soldiers' Home" to become an active clinical rehabilitation and treatment program for male and female Veterans and domiciliary program. 

The Domiciliary program is now integrated with the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs).

MH RRTPs are designed to provide state-of-the-art, high-quality residential rehabilitation and treatment services for Veterans with multiple and severe medical conditions, mental illness, addiction, or psychosocial deficits. The MH RRTP identifies and addresses goals of rehabilitation, recovery, health maintenance, improved quality of life, and community integration in addition to specific treatment of medical conditions, mental illnesses, addictive disorders, and homelessness. The residential component emphasizes incorporation of clinical treatment gains into a lifestyle of self-care and personal responsibility. Treatment intensity, environmental structures, milieu, and type of supervision vary based on population served, and need to be relevant to the diversity of the population, e.g., age, ethnicity, and culture.

 Residential Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)and Traumatic Injury (TBI) Programs

The Residential PTSD programs are comprised of 2 intensive 7-week programs for male and female Veterans and an intensive 8-week program for Veterans with both PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Each program provides assessment and brief treatment of PTSD. During the first week in the program, Veterans receive a multidisciplinary assessment to evaluate their readiness for the program. The trauma is addressed using Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in individual and group sessions. Additional therapy groups include Anger Management, Relaxation Skill Training, Assertiveness Training, Distress Tolerance, Communication Training, Sleep Management, and Health Issues. Veterans in the PTSD/TBI program receive additional services including a full neuropsychological examination, speech pathology evaluation and treatment, and occupational and physical therapy as needed.

Men and Women Veterans of all eras are eligible for both programs.

Contact Info


  • Fort Thomas VA
    1000 S. Ft Thomas Ave
    Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

Contact Number(s)

  • 859-572-6202 Ext. 5

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm
    24 Hour Nurse Line: 888-838-6446