GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -
The Veterans Affairs Center in Grand Junction has been upgrading their facility the last few years and due to that they have been selected for a new innovation program. This program is unique to the center in that the treatment is specialized for veterans.
The program is called “Innovators Network Program” and the VA Center in Grand Junction was one of the few VA Centers nationwide to receive it.
“Innovation, being in the forefront of creating solutions to health care issues is something that we need to be able to do as a VA,” said Beth Roten, Chief of Education for VA.
“We’re working to develop a suicide prevention program specific for patients with having pain management issues,” said Roten.
“We know that veterans that are struggling with pain management and are using opiates have an increased risk for suicide,” said Sonja Encke, the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for VA.
The pain management program is brand new to all VA Centers as Grand Junction will be the first to try it.
“We’re going to help to lead the country with some innovative solutions in world health and in suicide prevention,” said Roten.
Another program in the works could be music to veterans ears.
“(We will) start a music therapy drumming program here at the Grand Junction VA looking at PTSD and how we might be able to reduce stress,” said Roten.
The VA Center is the final stages of getting these programs going, as they hope to have them up and running no later than June.