Tampa VA Domiciliary - James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida


Tampa VA Domiciliary

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Tampa VA Domiciliary
The Mental Health Behavior Nursing Service Domiciliary serves at a 35-bed Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP). It’s 10,000 square feet of space in the Medical Professional Building at 4700 N. Habana Street.

What is the Domiciliary? 

The Tampa Domiciliary or “Dom” is a residential treatment program for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and are willing to return to independent living through employment or education.  The program depends upon personal responsibility and problem-solving to achieve the goal of independent living.

How does the program work?

The program has 3 phases:

Phase I:  This phase includes life skills classes, health education, recreational therapy, and job assistance. Veterans create a new life plan for recovery.  This phase lasts about 28-30 days.  Phase I must be completed before returning to work or school.

Phase II: The goal of phase II is to find work or to enroll in school.  Veterans actively job search in the community or apply for educational programs. Veterans in school need to earn an income through part-time work or benefits.

Phase III:  The goal of this phase is to find housing.  Veterans in this phase will search for housing while working full-time or attending school.  Veterans attending school will need to have an income.  Saving money to pay for housing is also a goal for this phase.

Who can get into the program?

Veterans who are eligible for VA care and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and are willing to return to independent living are eligible.  Each Veteran must be able to live and take medications independently.  Veterans also need to be able to live safely in a setting with other Veterans.  Veterans who have outstanding felony warrants are asked to resolve the warrant before entering the program. The program is unable to take pets, children, or non-Veteran spouses.  Certified service or guide animals may be housed on a case-by-case basis.

 What services are provided?

Services include mental health care, medical care, case management, and vocational guidance.  Recreational therapy is also a part of the program. Veterans can get dental care after 60 days.  

How do I get into the program?

Ask your VA provider to enter a consult or call us directly at 813-801-3910.  Every admission request is reviewed. First, the  Veteran’s medical record is reviewed to determine if the Veteran qualifies for the program. Next, if a Veteran meets the basic requirements of admission, they are scheduled for an in-person evaluation. Admission decisions are made based on the chart review and the evaluation.

Can I get in if I receive service-connected benefits or disability benefits?

There are no maximum income limitations and each case is  considered individually.  If you have income you will be expected to provide information about the income source and any
financial obligations (child support, alimony, legal fees).  This program requires you to document your savings while in the program. 

What is it like to live at the Domiciliary? 

Veterans are housed in 2 or 3-person rooms (29 male beds, 4 female beds).  Meals and snacks are provided. Veterans may keep their cell phones and computers.  A computer room and T.V. are available. Veterans have to keep their rooms clean and have a curfew each night.  There are required activities and classes. 

Is the program safe? 

Safety is a priority. VA police are on duty at the facility 24/7. All Veterans must agree to weekly drug testing, contraband checks, and inspections of the living quarters. Medical care is available 24/7.