James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
For Active Duty Service Members
To be eligible for services provided by the CPRP, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You are a veteran eligible for treatment by Veterans Affairs medical facilities
- You are an active duty military service member
Most programs have additional eligibility criteria which typically include an evaluation and screening process for appropriateness.
If the military refers you to our program, they have agreed to cover any costs incurred for your treatment, particularly as there is not program like the CPRP in the DoD system.
If you are interested in services provided by the CPRP, you MUST be formally referred to our program by an authorized military healthcare provider. It is important that your provider follow all instructions for referral so that the Tampa VA has the information needed to process your request with adequate healthcare information.
Information for military healthcare providers regarding referral is available on the For Healthcare Professionals page.
A screening process is required prior to admission. You will be contacted via telephone by members of our staff for an interview. If you live locally, you will be asked to come into the Pain Clinic to have those appointments in person at the VA.
If you are accepted into the CPRP, a mutually agreed upon admission date will be scheduled for the future. The week prior to that date, our staff will call to confirm your arrival. Due to our waiting list, we want to make sure all available admission slots are used.
If you decide you want to reschedule your admission, you must cancel two weeks prior to your scheduled admission date. If you cancel after that date, you will not be able to be rescheduled without additional screening by a member of the Pain Team.
Please check with eligibility prior to admission to determine if you will be responsible for any hospital bills during your stay in our program.
On your admission day you should report to the Admission Office between 8 A.M. and 9 A.M. You will be staying with us for approximately 19 days and will need to bring the following items from home with you:
- Current medications in their original bottle
- TENS unit (if you have one)
- Comfortable clothing (enough for one week); Washer and dryer facilities are available
- Comfortable walking shoes with some support (not just sandals)
- Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
- An alarm clock or phone with alarm
- An inexpensive watch with a second hand or a digital watch
- Swim suit/trunks (we do have some available if you do not have one)
- Water shoes for the pool
- A light jacket or sweater
- Reading glasses if needed
- Hearing aid if needed
Please do not bring any valuable items such as jewelry, electronic equipment, credit cards, etc. Cash can be deposited in Patient Funds on the first floor of the hospital.
During the program you will be attending classes from approximately 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. You may have passes over the weekend depending on your medical status. Drug and alcohol screens are routinely done on admission and during the program.
Travel arrangements should be made through the military members responsible for your referral and care. Typically they assume responsibility for your travel here, and Tampa will provide arrangements for your travel home. For those flying to Tampa, be sure to request a Yellow Cab for transport from the airport to the VA hospital. Their phone number is (813) 253-0121. When you arrive at the VA go to the admitting desk and request a cab voucher to pay the driver.
For those traveling from out of town, arrival and lodging on Sunday can be arranged so that you are able to report to the Admission Office first thing Monday morning.