Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Located in the Texas Medical Center, MEDVAMC is one of the largest facilities in the VA Medical Center system. A state-of-the-art facility on a 118-acre campus, MEDVAMC has 359 acute-care beds, a 40-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, and a 141-bed Community Living Center for long-term care. There is also a 40-bed domiciliary residence for homeless veterans. In fiscal year 2008, MEDVAMC served more than 130,000 veterans in the southeast Texas region. Medical, psychiatric and emergency staff are available 24-hours a day, and there are readily accessible general and psychiatric emergency room services. Of note, research conducted at MEDVAMC is supported with more than $26.8 million annually, and currently there are over 640 active research projects taking place.
The MEDVAMC substance abuse program offers a full continuum of care to include inpatient and outpatient detoxification, partial hospitalization, low intensity treatment, a methadone/buprenorphine program, case management, social support services, vocational counseling, and medical and psychiatric care.
The Menninger Clinic
Located less than seven miles away from the primary training site, the Menninger Clinic is an established leader in psychiatric clinical care, education, and research. A 126-bed facility, the Menninger Clinic provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment and long-term inpatient psychiatric care for a wide range of issues including drug/alcohol addiction, psychiatric illness and co-occurring disorders, disruptive behavior in the workplace, career stress and burnout, and eating disorders.
Treatment modalities utilized at the Menninger Clinic include milieu therapy, pharmacotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy (individual & group), mentalization-based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, psychosocial rehabilitation, family therapy, 12- step self-help models, relapse prevention, addiction counseling, nutritional counseling, spiritual counseling, recreational therapy, and psychoeducation. Core faculty for the rotation will consist of two full-time psychiatrists and one clinical social worker with added certification in addictions counseling. Additional program-specific faculty (psychiatry, psychology, social work, and other disciplines) will participate throughout the course of the rotation.