Domiciliary - Orlando VA Healthcare System
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Orlando VA Healthcare System




The mission of the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP) in Orlando, Florida, more commonly called, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP) is to provide an opportunity for motivated, at-risk Veterans to participate in a residential, rehabilitative and therapeutic community environment assisting the Veteran in achieving his/her optimal level of functioning and a return to independent living in the community beyond. The Orlando DRRTP provides state-of-the-art, evidence based treatment services for Veterans with a variety of serious mental health, alcohol and drug addictions, medical illnesses, and other psychosocial problems, including but not limited to homelessness and employment/vocational needs.



The Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP) in Orlando, Florida is a 60 bed Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP) that provides evidence based psychotherapy treatment for eligible Veterans suffering from mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and offers medical care for health conditions that impair a person's ability to function at their highest level of independent living in the community.  Additional areas addressed in the program include homelessness, vocational rehabilitation and educational needs for future successful employment/career goals.   The Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program utilizes a therapeutic community model of care where participants are expected to not only focus on their own treatment, but to also engage in positive peer support of others in the program.  In this way, participants work through the process of recovery together, assisting one another, providing support, and intervening when appropriate and necessary to increase every community member’s chances of success.  Participants must be willing to abstain from alcohol, and all other mind altering substances while in the program. 
The DRRTP does not provide shelter-type housing or lodging. Veterans in the program must be willing to actively participate in the treatment activities.  An extensive rehabilitative treatment approach is provided by an Interdisciplinary Team of professionals from Psychiatry, Psychology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Recreational Therapy, Vocational Rehabilitation, Dietary, and Chaplaincy services.
Psychoeducational and substance use therapy groups include building/strengthening communication skills, problem solving skills, self-awareness, stress management, coping skills, medication management, and relapse prevention. Therapeutic recreational activities are scheduled throughout the week, and DRRTP Residents are expected to take overnight and weekend passes to practice skills learned during the week.


The specific eligibility requirements are:

  • Assessed as not meeting criteria for acute psychiatric or medical admission.
  • A less restrictive treatment alternative has been tried or is unavailable and the veteran has been assessed as requiring the structure and support of a residential treatment environment.
  • Assessed as not a significant risk of harm to self or others.
  • Lacks a stable lifestyle or living arrangement that is conducive to recovery.
  • Capable of self-preservation and basic self-care.
  • Has identified treatment and/or rehabilitation needs which can be met by the program.

How to apply

Screenings for DRRTP admission are conducted on all regular business days from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  The length of stay in the program depends on a person's individual clinical needs and is limited to 180 days.  You may apply by referral from a healthcare professional or contact the Domiciliary Screening Coordinator at the contact number 407-631-7128 or 7129.
The DRRTP helps with screenings by offering transportation assistance or through the use of telephone, video conferencing, or contacting off-site/outreach staff to screen for admission.

Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona
13800 Veterans Way, Building 9
Orlando, FL 32827

Contact Info


  • Lake Nona
    Lake Baldwin

Contact Number(s)

  • 407-631-7128 Ext. or 7129
  • 407-646-5600

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm