Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) Open House - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) Open House

A photo of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center's new greenhouse

A photo of the Horticulture Therapy Program's new greenhouse on the campus of the Providence VAMC

By Photo by Public Affairs Specialist Kim DiDonato-Ferro
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

On Wednesday, July 20, the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) hosted an Open House and BBQ to welcome Veterans and Medical Center staff to learn more about the program.  Attendees were given the opportunity to tour the Horticulture Therapy program's new greenhouse and picnic area as well as the program's group room.  The group room houses artwork from various painting classes and a new television and "Wii" entertainment device used for recreation and fitness classes.   At the Open House/BBQ, Veterans from the Music Group sang karaoke and provided music for the afternoon.  PRRC Program Manager Jessica Zuehlke, PsyD, spoke about the PRRC and the therapeutic benefits of the program.  Occupational Therapist Peter Gauthier spoke about the Horticulture Therapy program and thanked the funeral homes who donate flowers to the group.   Veterans Melissa Bassett, Norman Cabral, and Dan Rich shared their recovery journeys and the profound impact the horticulture program has had on them.  Veteran Thelma-Nancy Greene talked about her recovery and her success taking multiple classes in the PRRC.   Finally, Veteran Dan Greene spoke of his accomplishments as a peer facilitator and in leading a class on Native American culture.  The Open House/BBQ was a huge success, and we thank everyone who attended!

The Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) is a recovery-oriented, specialized mental health day program that offers daily psycho-educational groups, wellness programming, community outings, and peer support services.  The goal of the program is to empower Veterans with serious mental illness (SMI) to develop their own wellness goals and to encourage meaningful community involvement.  Participation in the program begins with an orientation to the PRRC and a PRRC assessment followed by the development of an individualized Recovery Plan.

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