Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Post-Deployment and Readjustment Program (PDRP)
Jennifer F. Lambert, Ph.D., Chief, Trauma and Readjustment Program,
The Post-Deployment and Readjustment Program (formerly known as the “Returning Veterans Program”) is a section of the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service at the PVAMC. The program was developed to address the unique challenges facing Veterans who have recently returned from overseas deployments (Post 9-11) and/or discharged from active duty. Our mission involves providing high quality, accessible, behavioral health care to this Veteran population. We do this by working with local military and community members as well as other VA providers to outreach Veterans and reduce barriers to care. Issues that are frequently addressed within our program include readjustment to civilian life, education/employment, sleep difficulties, anger/irritability, anxiety/nervousness, depression, relationship problems, substance use disorders, PTSD, and/or the need for education about Veteran benefits and resources.
The PDRP is staffed by Psychologists and Psychiatrists, as well two Psychology Post-doctoral Fellows. We work closely with the Transition Care Management Team, the Polytrauma/TBI team, and primary care providers to ensure that psychosocial stressors, as well as combat-related injuries and other physical health issues are being addressed. Veterans complete an initial assessment and then work with their provider(s) to decide on an appropriate treatment plan. Options include individual counseling, specialized classes (e.g., Wellness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia), and medications (for those who are interested). In addition, members of the PDRP complete behavioral screens with Veterans attending the Post-Deployment Clinic, and with service members attending DoD-sponsored Post-Deployment Health Reassessments (PDHRAs). When indicated, referrals are made to other teams within mental health (e.g., CARS, TRS, vocational services), to Primary Care, or to other appropriate medical services. We welcome input from family members and encourage Veterans to involve them in their care.
For assistance in scheduling services, please call
Caren Francione, Ph.D., PDRP Coordinator