Soldier PTSD Treatment Wait Times Could Shorten
POSTED: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 3:21pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 5:38am
EL PASO - There's new hope for local soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. This, as the Local VA clinic was reprimanded for not providing the proper care for high-risk suicidal soldiers.
Beginning today, a program run by Mental Health Mental Retardation will train clinicians in cognitive processing therapy, or CPT.
It's the preferred treatment for PTSD.
Several dozen people turned out Thursday to learn more about it.
The goal is to train more therapists in El Paso to cut wait times for soldiers.
"We're hoping to have a 7-day wait if possible, or 10-day availability for appointments versus (the) 3 months that they may have to wait on post," said Christy Daugherty of MHMR.
The therapy is not just limited to soldiers.
MHMR representatives say anyone who's been through a traumatic event stands to benefit.