ABOUT JOHN D. DINGELL VA MEDICAL CENTER
Located in the mixed-use Midtown area of Detroit, Mich., the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center provides individualized, comprehensive, and evidence-based care for Veterans seeking to overcome substance dependency. Assessments, detoxification, and intensive outpatient (IOP) programming are all on offer here.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the VA hospital’s webpage, Veterans in need of treatment should visit the Reception Desk on the Seventh Floor (Blue Side) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. During these hours, they’ll be seen by triage and intake specialists for determining the services most needed.
Following an initial assessment and intake, Vets may receive one or more of the following: detoxification (available on both inpatient and outpatient basis’), opioid treatment, and intensive outpatient (IOP) care. Relapse prevention, tobacco cessation treatment, and “Transitions” may also be recommended.
The leadership team at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center has three medical doctors on it, two of whom are board-certified internists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the VA hospital regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, however, all three Best-rehabs.com survey respondents to date gave five stars for the center’s accommodations and meals.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Feedback provided by two alumni is excellent. Both awarded the hospital five stars for the “understanding” staff’s level of training and experience, for treatment effectiveness, and for family programming, amongst other areas, while one wrote: “They always check to see if how you are coming along and if you need anything, and give help for when you are release making sure you have shelter.”
To date, the VA also has an average rating of 2.6 stars out of five from 117 Google reviewers. However, this rating applies to the entire VA center and not just its mental health and substance abuse services.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
D.J.F., the friend of a former client, indicated that they’d recommend treatment and that their friend benefited from attending treatment, as seen in their improved self-awareness, confidence, and willingness to take their prescribed medication.
The cost of treatment is not provided on this VA center’s website, although the center does accept private health insurance. The VA website maintains: “Generally, VA cannot bill Medicare, but can bill Medicare supplemental health insurance for covered services.”