VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s Annex, Errera Community Care Center (ECCC) is a state-of-the-art mental health facility built to serve Veterans of Connecticut who have served their country, many of whom came home with invisible scars. Over the past three decades, the ECCC has evolved into one of the leading centers of psychosocial rehabilitation for Veterans experiencing serious mental illness, substance use disorders and homelessness & housing issues. These CARF and Joint Commission accredited programs are recovery-oriented, not illness-focused, providing hope to Veterans and teaching them skills to live in their communities. This new facility honors the sacrifices that Veterans made for our country, helping them get back on their feet. Founded on the premise that Veterans are helped most effectively in their communities, the ECCC is located in
the community and partners amongst all, including Veterans, their families and community agencies and providers.The 45,000 SF facility houses programs that help Veterans heal and grow to their potential, obtaining their goals to live successfully and as productive citizens. There is no wrong door to engagement with Veterans at this facility and VA staff meet Veterans where they are at in life. The outpatient programs include:
- Substance use group programming;
- Mental health case management programs (a national model)
- Wellness center including a gym that promotes Whole Health and focusing on wellness and strengths of individuals
- Therapeutic Supported Employment Services
- Recovery-oriented group programming that teaches real world skills and coping strategies
There is a new Veteran computer lab developed with a nonprofit partner to provide Veterans with technology, equipment and skills to help them search for jobs, develop resumes, explore educational opportunities and find housing. The ECCC has a full kitchen to provide nutritious therapeutic lunches and where Veterans can work with a dietitian to develop healthy habits. They will also be able to practice interpersonal skills that they learn in ECCC group formats when sharing their meal together. VA Connecticut’s homeless programs are also part of the ECCC continuum. They are housed five miles away, where additional housing and community needs can also be met.
The provision of specialty primary care services that address opioid abuse, one of the country’s most complex substance use problems, in the Opiate Reassessment Clinic, as well an evidence-based Integrated Pain Clinic located here. There is open access to medical services utilizing the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team, and a clinic that specifically addresses metabolic health and wellbeing with health psychology, nutrition and exercise.
And finally, some of the National Centers such as National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (NC-PTSD), National TeleMental Health Center (NTMHC) and Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) are co-located at this facility. These cutting-edge National Centers study critical Veteran issues that impact Veterans nation-wide.