2 The Blind Rehabilitation Programs Support blind and low vision Veterans and active duty Servicemembers in regaining their independence and quality of life to enable their successful integration into family and community life. Support family and significant others to better understand visual impairment and foster the provision of appropriate support, to assist in enhancing home environments and to reduce caregiver burden.
3 Vision Statement Blind Rehabilitation Service will provide high quality care in a timely and appropriate manner enabling blinded Veterans to acquire the skills and capabilities necessary for the development of personal independence and emotional stability.
4 Vision Statement (continued) "A Blind Center is where faith is strongest that blind people deserve hope, respect and freedom. These are accorded first, followed by the means of achieving them. Our civilization permits wholesome living when blind and here one learns how." Russell C. Williams First Chief, VA Hines Blind Rehabilitation Center
5 Blind Rehabilitation Services The VA Blind Rehabilitation Service model of care encompasses an array of rehabilitative services, extending from the patient s home to the local VA care facility, and to regional low vision clinics and lodger and inpatient training programs.
6 VA Continuum of Care Vision rehabilitation services provided in a variety of settings to assist Veterans.
7 Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinators The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinators are case managers who have responsibility for the coordination of services for severely disabled visually impaired Veterans and active duty Servicemembers. Major VA Medical Centers have a full time VIST Coordinator.
8 VIST Coordinators VISN 22 Location VIST Coordinator Phone Number Los Angeles Cheryl Sjoberg Ext 4606 West Los Angeles Jane Merrill Long Beach Linda Fitzgerald Ext 5696 Loma Linda Mike Davis Ext 2748 San Diego VIST Office Las Vegas Paul Rice Ext 3084
9 Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS) An outpatient training program that employs a multi-skilled and experienced blind rehabilitation instructor who teaches skills in the Veterans home environment and/or local Veterans Affairs medical center. Currently over 90 BROS positions in the VA system.
10 Outpatient Low Vision Clinics Blind rehabilitation services may be provided through a variety of programs: Intermediate and Advanced Low Vision Clinics Vision Impairment Services in Outpatient Rehabilitation (VISOR) Programs Visual Impairment Centers to Optimize Remaining Sight (VICTORS) Programs
11 Blind Rehabilitation Center The Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRC) are residential inpatient programs that provide comprehensive adjustment to blindness training and serve as a resource to a geographic area usually comprised of several states. BRCs offer a variety of skill courses designed to help blinded Veterans achieve a realistic level of independence.
12 BRC (continued) These skill areas include: Orientation and Mobility Communication Skills Activities of Daily Living Manual Skills Visual Skills Computer Access Training Social/Recreational Activities
13 BRC (continued) The Veteran is also assisted in making emotional and behavioral adjustments to blindness through individual counseling sessions and group therapy meetings
14 BRC at Long Beach
15 BRC at Long Beach Named after Major Charles Robert Soltes, Jr. O.D. An Eye Doctor who died on active duty. Newest of the 13 Blind Rehabilitation Centers in the VA. State of the art, 24 bed rehabilitation center. The doors opened in January of 2012.
16 Optometry Services
17 Low Vision
18 Living Skills
19 Manual Skills
20 Orientation and Mobility
21 Computer Access Training
22 Modern Accommodations
23 Blind Rehabilitation Centers Blind Rehabilitation Centers Central BRC (Hines VA Chicago) Western BRC (Palo Alto) Eastern BRC (West Haven, CT) American Lake BRC Waco BRC Southeastern BRC (Birmingham, AL) Puerto Rico BRC Southwestern BRC (Tucson, AZ) Augusta BRC West Palm Beach BRC Long Beach BRC Biloxi BRC Louis Stokes Cleveland BRC
24 Intermediate Low Vision Clinics VISN FACILITY 1 White River Junction VAMC, White River Junction, VT 2 Samuel S. Stratton VAMC, Albany NY 3 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Campus, Montrose, NY 4 VA Pittsburgh HCS, Pittsburgh, PA 5 Martinsburg VAMC, Martinsburg, WV 6 Hampton VAMC, Hampton, VA 7 William Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC, Columbia, SC 8 Ocala CBOC, Ocala, FL 9 Memphis VAMC, Memphis, TN 10 Cincinnati VAMC, Cincinnati, OH 11 John D. Dingell VAMC, Detroit, MI 12 William S. Middleton Mem. Vet Hosp, Madison, WI 15 St. Louis VAMC, St. Louis, MO 16 Oklahoma City VAMC, Oklahoma, OK 17 Central Texas Veterans HCS, Temple, TX 18 New Mexico VA HCS, Albuquerque, NM 19 VA Montana HCS, Fort Harrison, MT 20 Spokane VAMC, Spokane, WA 21 VA Ukiah CBOC, Ukiah, CA 22 VA Loma Linda HCS, Loma Linda, CA 22 VA Southern Nevada HCS, Las Vegas, NV 23 Sioux Falls VAMC, Sioux Fall, SD
25 Advanced Low Vision Clinics VISN 1 VA Boston HCS, Jamaica Plains, FACILITY Jamaica, MA 21 Syracuse VA Boston VAMC, HCS, Jamaica NY Plains, Jamaica, MA 32 Brooklyn Syracuse Campus, VAMC, NY NYHHS, Brooklyn, NY 43 Philadelphia Brooklyn Campus, VAMC, NYHHS, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, PA NY 54 Baltimore Philadelphia VAMC, Philadelphia, Maryland HCS, PA Baltimore, MD 65 Salisbury Baltimore W.G. VAMC, Bill VA Hefner Maryland VAMC, HCS, Salisbury, Baltimore, NC MD 76 Atlanta Salisbury VAMC, W.G. Bill Decatur, Hefner GA VAMC, Salisbury, NC 87 James Atlanta Haley VAMC, Veterans Decatur, Hospital, GA Tampa, FL 98 Tennessee James Haley Valley Veterans HCS, Hospital, Nashville, Tampa, TN FL 10 9 Dayton Tennessee VAMC, Valley Dayton, HCS, Nashville, OH TN Aleda Dayton E. VAMC, Lutz VAMC, Dayton, Saginaw, OH MI Clement Aleda E. Lutz J. Zablocki VAMC, VAMC, Saginaw, Milwaukee, MI WI Robert Clement J. J. Dole Zablocki VAMC, VAMC, Wichita, Milwaukee, KS WI Central Robert J. Arkansas Dole VAMC, Veterans Wichita, HCS, KS Little Rock, AR VA Central North Arkansas Texas HCS, Veterans Dallas, HCS, TX Little Rock, AR Carl VA North T. Hayden Texas VAMC, HCS, Dallas, Phoenix, TX AZ VA Carl Salt T. Hayden Lake City VAMC, HCS, Salt Phoenix, Lake AZ City, UT Portland VA Salt Lake VAMC, City Portland, HCS, Salt OR Lake City, UT Martinez Portland Outpatient VAMC, Portland, Clinic, OR Martinez, CA VA Martinez Greater Outpatient Las Angeles Clinic, HCS, Martinez, Greater LA, CA CA 22 VA San Greater Diego Las HCS, Angeles San Diego, HCS, Greater CA LA, CA VA Central San Diego Iowa, HCS, Des San Moines, Diego, IA CA 23 VA Central Iowa, Des Moines, IA
26 VISOR Programs Washington, D.C. Richmond, VA Lexington, KY Battle Creek, Michigan Kansas City, MO Houston, TX Denver, CO Minneapolis, MN
27 VICTORS Programs Chicago, Illinois Northport, New York Lake City, Florida
28 How To Find Services Contact the VIST Coordinator at the nearest VA Medical Center Blind Rehabilitation Service home page has contact information for VIST Coordinators and information about every point in the Continuum of Care.
29 Conclusion The VA provides a wide array of state of the art services for Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers experiencing sight loss. We support blind rehabilitation needs throughout the Veteran s life. We consider this a special relationship, and we are honored to serve this nation s Veterans.
30 Handouts are available BLIND REHABILITATION CENTER VA Long Beach Healthcare System 5901 E. 7th Street Long Beach, CA (888) ( ) Extension 6037
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