VET-Care Health & Wellness Program
BTG’s “VetCare” Health & Wellness Program provides resources to obtain physical, mental and emotional care that helps veterans develop coping mechanisms and supports reintegration into their families and communities.This care contributes to BTG’s success in reducing homelessness. Programs and referrals are also available for non-resident veterans.The program includes access to Doctors and Registered Nurses experienced in working with homeless individuals, and a Wellness Coordinator who creates and manages individual wellness programs.Health & Wellness services include:
- Physical and mental health assessments
- Direct medical care (medication monitoring, health screenings, preventative health care services) provided by partnered facilities
- Referrals to offsite providers
- Onsite diabetic support groups
- Psychological counseling including onsite support groups for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); socialization skills training; and anger management classes
- Substance abuse treatment and counseling, including onsite support groups for relapse prevention
- Health education (nutrition, fitness, etc.)
- Smoking cessation programs
- Group exercise sessions and visits to local gyms and physical activity facilities
- Social enrichment activities such as fishing, musical groups, creative writing and creative arts
- Stress reduction and stress management through counseling, exercise, massage, acupuncture, Reiki and yoga
- Eye exams and glasses, through Mass Health or VA healthcare facilities
- Dental exams through Mass Health or VA healthcare facilities
- Transportation to VA healthcare and other medical facilities
- Wellness programs tailored to the veteran.
The need for physical and mental health support is critical to getting veterans off the streets and into stable, long-term housing, as these statistics show:
- One in 10 veterans is disabled. That number is increasing — more than 20,000 veterans have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- 45% of homeless veterans suffer from mental illness including PTSD.
- 19% of Iraq veterans report mental health problems, as do more than 11% of Afghanistan veterans.