VA Western New York Healthcare System
H.O.P.E. Opens on the Batavia VA Campus
VA stakeholders, Veterans, delegated officials and the community came out to celebrate the opening of the new building for the Women’s Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Residential Program located on the Batavia VA campus on Friday, January 10.
The new Residential Program for women Veterans, who come from all over the United States, is a 10,000 square foot facility that includes a living room, dining area, kitchen, and fireplace. The walls are earth tone and the therapeutic enviornment has the ambiance of a modern yet blended historical look of the Batavia facility. Women Veterans can stay anywhere from two to eight weeks depending on their needs.
The Women’s PTSD Residential Program is one of eight in the country. The new facility doubles the size of the current women’s program going from six to 12 private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Women Veterans are a growing population of Veterans served by VA as more women are serving in the military.
Center for H.O.P.E. (Healing Opportunities for Peace and Empowerment) is the name staff and patients thought most fitting for the facility.
The residential program is one of the treatment modalities for PTSD for Women. VA also offers individual and group counseling.