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VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System holding grand opening of Master Gardener Program to assist Veterans in recovery

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November 1, 2022

Las Vegas , NV — VA's Las Vegas Residential Recovery and Renewal Center (LVR3) will host a grand opening of its Master Gardner Program, Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center. Remarks from VASNHS and University of Nevada Reno leadership and a tour of the LVR3 gardens.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. –VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System’s Las Vegas Residential Recovery and Renewal Center (LVR3) will host a grand opening of its Master Gardner Program, Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center. The event will include remarks from VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System and University of Nevada Reno leadership and a tour of the LVR3 gardens.

Created in partnership with the University of Nevada Reno, the program is designed to assist Veterans undergoing treatment at LVR3 improve their personal growth by developing gardening skills with the assistance of a master gardener that:

  • Provides a whole health approach to help improve emotional, physical, and mental health through gardening.
  • Fosters a sense of accountability and responsibility as Veterans take ownership of the gardening, watering, planting, and cultivating of the plants.
  • Creates community and social support by working together to grow.

In addition to providing Veterans from across the nation with assistance for drug and alcohol abuse, LVR3 is also the second residential recovery center in the nation for gambling addiction. “There is definitely a great need for this here in Las Vegas,” said Brian Potts, LVR3 program manager. “One of the main goals of the Master Gardener Program is to create an environment where the Veterans have an opportunity to have experiences where they can foster growth that metaphorically represents their personal growth in recovery.”

To get treatment at LVR3, Veterans should talk with their medical or mental health provider about interest in the program.

  • The medical or mental health provider will submit an LVR3 consult.
  • Program staff will review the consult.
  • An in-person or phone evaluation will be scheduled with the Veteran.

To find out more about recovery and mental health services offered at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, visit https://www.va.gov/southern-nevada-health-care/.

Media contacts

Charles Ramey, Communication and Customer Experience Executive

702-791-9003

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