The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) consists of two medical centers located in Temple and Waco; one new 184,000 square foot free-standing VA Outpatient clinic in Austin; four community based outpatient clinics in Brownwood, Cedar Park, College Station and Palestine; LaGrange VA Outreach Center; one Temple Annex Clinic; two nursing homes in Temple and Waco; one domiciliary in Temple, a Blind Rehabilitation Unit in Waco and two patient, rehabilitation units for post-traumatic stress disorder and severely mentally ill life enhancement in Waco. All facilities are VA staffed.
The Waco medical center is a psychiatric facility which provides inpatient psychiatric care, nursing home care to psycho geriatric patients, and includes a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Residential Treatment Program (PRRTP). It houses a 44-bed residential unit designed to treat veterans in the Serious Mental Illness Life Enhancement (SMILE) program, which offers rehabilitation and recovery services, including enhanced services for seriously mentally ill veterans with substance abuse problems. The primary focus of this program is to improve the quality of life for veterans, promoting independence and recovery.
Waco’s psychiatric mission consists of 64 intermediate and acute psychiatric beds. In addition, the Waco facility has 140 beds to provide long term care to "psycho-geriatric" patients, who are defined as those patients with a psychiatric disorder who are age 65 or older. Individuals older than age 50, who have chronic diseases resembling a geriatric process, are also considered for program placement. The goal of the program is to discharge the veteran to the least restrictive setting. Waco also includes a Blind Rehabilitation Unit that started in 1974 and currently has 15 inpatient beds. The program provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for legally blind veterans. Aids and devices are issued to veterans to include mobility devices, low vision optical aids, communication equipment, and computers.
In addition to inpatient services, the Waco facility provides outpatient services for primary care, mental health and some outpatient specialty care services.
Outpatient Clinics/Vet Centers include:
Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center – three outpatient teams
Waco Veterans Administration Medical Center
Austin Outpatient Clinic
Bryan/College Station CBOC
Cedar Park CBOC
LaGrange VA Outreach Center
Austin Vet Center
Killeen Heights Vet Center