Veterans Life Center Campus and Programs
VLC-CARES’ Veterans Life Center Campus program will create the only statewide, therapeutic residential setting for veterans. At the center of the Veterans Life Center Campus is a collaboration committed to focusing the resources of each partner to provide more effective care and support for veterans and to track their outcomes. Partners include: federal agencies (Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and the Veterans Affairs); and state agencies (Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Agriculture).
Additional supporting organizations who have indicated interest in participating in Veterans Life Center programs are University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, and Research Triangle Institute. All of these organizations are engaged in the study and treatment of veteran-specific issues.
VLC-CARES and the NC Department of Health and Human Services have negotiated a MOA with the RJ Blackley Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center (ADATC) to develop and provide an evidence-based, best practices model of veteran specific Behavioral Health services and supports. ADATC houses and operates a 28 day, full medical detox, evidence-based program adjacent to the Veterans Life Center Campus.
VLC-CARES is currently negotiating an additional MOA to include county behavioral health providers to provide coordinated intake, data recording and follow-up care. This pilot program will cover the central region of North Carolina, for adoption statewide. By integrating case management and programs, a more effective system of veteran’s services will be created, and through economies of scale, the costs of these services will be reduced.
Success of VLC-CARES programs, which will be reviewed by its Medical Advisory Board, will be evaluated through evidence-based matrices. Unified, statewide data collection and interagency collaboration will provide the raw data, and integrated, individualized case management will provide direct tracking of former residents of the Veterans Life Center. An on-going, follow-up support network of partner agencies, such as the Department of Corrections, will provide direct feedback on the success of Veterans Life Center programs.
Of course the most visible and effective means of evaluation will be in the success of former Veterans Life Center residents – in their restored lives and family relationships, in stable, more permanent housing, in meaningful employment and in obtaining higher education.
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