Veterans Rehabilitation-Alcohol and Drug Dependence

To provide medical, social, vocational and rehabilitation therapies to eligible alcohol and drug dependent veterans.

Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: VA Health Administration Center
Types of Assistance
Provision of Specialized Services.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The Substance Abuse Treatment programs are located in VA medical centers and clinics. The programs offer various modalities of treatment including: detoxification, substance abuse rehabilitation (education; individual, group and family therapies; drug free modalities; relapse prevention; continuing care and other treatments), psychiatric treatment and psychotropic medication, social services, opioid substitution therapy and vocational rehabilitation. In the case of opioid substitution therapy, the VA is bound by the regulations for minimum standards established by the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration.
38 U.S.C. 17.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Any veteran who requires treatment for substance abuse is eligible if meeting the following conditions: (1) has served in the active military, naval or air service; and (2) was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable; and (3) meets the general eligibility requirements as defined in program 64.009.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Veterans meeting the criteria listed in the Applicant Eligibility section of this program.
Discharge certificate.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Apply personally to any VA medical center, outpatient clinic, or regional office; through any veterans service organization representative; or by mailing VA Form 10-10 (Application for Medical Benefits) to nearest medical center.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
The same day if the applicant applies in person; generally within 7 days if by mail.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Post Assistance Requirements
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Program Accomplishments
During 2007, over 338,000 veterans were provided substance abuse treatment services.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 07 $436,748,000; FY 08 est $497,580,000; and FY 09 est $583,074,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
Contact the nearest VA medical center, outpatient clinic, domiciliary, or Veterans Regional Office. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the list of addresses under Veterans Health Administration).
Headquarters Office
Director, Associate Chief Consultant, Addictive Disorders (116B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave., Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 461-7352.
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Not applicable.
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