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Minneapolis VA Health Care System

 

Veterans Bridge to Recovery

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The Veterans Bridge to Recovery program is for Veterans with serious mental illness. We help Veterans set goals, learn skills and apply skills.

Veterans Bridge to Recovery (VBR) is a psychosocial rehabilitation program at the Minneapolis VAHCS. We are one of many programs nationally known as Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers (PRRC). PRRCs like VBR are defined as “transitional educational centers that help inspire and assist Veterans reclaim their lives by instilling hope, validating Veterans’ strengths, teaching skills, and facilitating community integration so that they can develop meaningful self-determined roles in the community.”

VBR is for people with serious mental illness diagnoses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression, or severe PTSD. We help people define their goals, break goals down into steps, and learn skills to achieve goals. Veterans who join VBR work with a provider, called a coach, to create their recovery plan (a list of goals, steps, and resources).

Then Veterans work as a group to support each other in pursuing healthy goals and activities. Such activities include daily goal-setting, educational classes (topics are selected by Veterans), trips in the community (e.g. visiting museums, parks, zoos), exercising, and providing input into how VBR is run.

VBR Info:

 

 
VBR Handbook September Calendar October Calendar
  November Calendar  

Resources:

   

National Center for PTSD

VA PTSD research and treatment

www.ptsd.va.gov

National Alliance on
Mental Illness

Mental health education and resources

www.nami.org

International Association
of Peer Support

People with lived experience helping others

www.inaops.org

National Empowerment Center

Mental health recovery info, resources

www.power2u.org

Mental Health Minnesota

MH education, advocacy

www.mentalhealthmn.org

Our Values and Mission:

We value hope, respect, self-help, health, personal responsibility, and
lifelong learning. 

Our mission is to help Veterans with serious mental illness define and work
toward their personal visions of recovery.

Who can join?

  • Vets who are enrolled in VA mental health services.
  • Vets who have a serious mental illness.
  • Vets who have problems functioning in the community.
  • Vets who have difficulties reaching goals on their own.
  • Vets who want to make changes in their lives.

What happens at VBR?

Veterans work toward their goals in a supportive group environment. 
Members can:

  • Attend VBR programming 2-5 days per week.
  • Meet with a coach to make a recovery plan.
  • Find out about other educational services.
  • Practice skills outside in the community.

What are Vets at VBR working on?

Veterans work on goals like:

  • Independent living
  • Building social support & skills
  • Making friends
  • Volunteering
  • Getting a job
  • Losing weight
  • Learning about fun local activities
  • Improving communication

How can I find out more?

  • Talk with your mental health provider or call 612-313-3240 for more information.
  • VBR staff will look at your medical record and talk with you and your providers about VBR and/or other helpful resources.

How do I get to VBR?

VBR is at the corner of 12th St and Harmon Place, in the VA Community Resource and Referral Center (near Loring Park, MCTC, and the University of St. Thomas).
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From the north:
From I-94, take exit 231A-231B toward Lyndale & Hennepin Ave
Take exit 231 B to the left to Hennepin Ave
Merge onto W Lyndale
Turn left on Dunwoody Blvd
Continue onto Hennepin Ave
Turn left on 13th St
Turn left on Harmon Place

From the south:
Take I-35W north to exit 16A W toward downtown/I-94E
Take the 11th St ramp and continue on 11th St
Turn left on Harmon Place

From the west:
Take I-394 East to exit 9A, 12th St N
Turn right on 12th St
Turn right on Harmon Place

From the east:
Take I-94 west to Exit 233A, 11th St
Continue west on 11th St to Harmon Place
Turn left on Harmon Place

Parking information:
Metered parking is available on the street (cost is about $1 per hour). Veterans may also park in the garage at 11th St and Harmon Place. Parking validation is available for time spent at CRRC appointments.

Metro Transit:
Multiple bus routes run along Hennepin Avenue, Nicollet Mall, and nearby cross streets such as 10th St. Remember that veterans with “sc” or “service connected” on their VA ID cards can ride the bus and train for free!

 

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