How to Get Treatment with the VA and Desert Hope

Veterans’ substance abuse is an issue across all branches of service. While many Veterans Affairs’ (VA) treatment centers provide quality treatment, many VA drug rehab programs are not close to the veterans who need them. Sometimes, the VA inpatient substance abuse treatment programs have waiting lists and cannot serve all veterans as quickly as they would like.

To help veterans in Nevada, Desert Hope Treatment Center and its parent company, American Addiction Centers, have partnered with the VA to provide quality treatment in Nevada for veterans.

Desert Hope’s Commitment to Veterans

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Desert Hope is not just another treatment program. Desert Hope and its parent company, American Addiction Centers, are committed to providing the best possible treatment for veterans in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The commitment to veterans at Desert Hope starts at the top. The Chief of Staff of American Addiction Centers, Dan Cerrillo, is a veteran in recovery. With his firsthand knowledge of the challenges of being a veteran in need of treatment, Cerrillo is committed to providing veterans the quality treatment they need for the best possible recovery outcomes.

What Is VA Community Care?

VA inpatient rehab programs offer quality treatment to veterans across the United States. However, a VA treatment center may not be accessible and available to a veteran in need of drug rehab.

To reach as many veterans as possible who require medical care, the VA offers the Veteran’s Community Care program, which expands access to substance abuse treatment for veterans. Through this program, eligible veterans can receive treatment from private centers in their communities, such as Desert Hope Treatment Center.

Desert Hope is located in Las Vegas, Nevada and is an approved VA community care provider (CCP). TriWest administers the community care program in Nevada, meaning that they handle the approvals and payments for veterans receiving treatment through the VA Community Care program.

FAQs about Community Care

Many veterans have questions about working with a CCP. Some of the more common ones are:1,2

Am I automatically approved to get treatment from a CCP?

No, you have to meet certain criteria to qualify for community care.

Can I go to any private treatment program I chose?

No, you must go to an approved community care provider.

Will I pay more money to go to a CCP instead of going to a VA treatment center?

No, your co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses will not exceed what you would pay through the VA. Bills for copayments will be sent by the VA, not the CCP.

I want to go to a VA rehabilitation center. Do I have to go to a CCP?

No, you always have the option to go to a VA drug rehab.

Can I schedule an intake appointment, or do I have to go through the VA to get this scheduled?

In most cases, the VA will schedule appointments. Contact the VA about eligibility and appointments for community care.

Why Choose Desert Hope for Community Care?

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Veterans receive treatment at Desert Hope from staff members who understand veterans’ challenges, as many of them are veterans themselves. The program is specifically designed to help veterans understand the factors that led to addiction and how to make the journey to recovery.

This isn’t another drug rehab where you feel like no one understands what you went through during your military service, or how those experiences continue to impact you. You’ll go through treatment with a “battalion” of veterans and first responders who can support you in your path to sobriety, and some staff members are veterans themselves.

With the knowledge and experience of the veterans involved in your care, Desert Hope can help to provide a treatment program that offers a unique ability to understand your history, your addiction, and how to help you achieve recovery. 

More About American Addiction Centers

American Addiction Centers was founded in 2007 and has grown into the largest network of inpatient rehab facilities nationwide, with locations in Florida, Nevada, California, New Jersey, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Texas. American Addiction Centers focuses treatment on the individual, with research-based practices to provide you or your loved one with the tools to achieve recovery. American Addiction Centers offers numerous evidence-based treatment methods to help you work on your recovery.

Don’t Lose Another Day to Addiction

Your situation, or that of your loved one, may seem overwhelming right now. Just know that recovery is possible. Reach out to us today to get started on your path to recovery with American Addiction Centers.

Desert Hope, American Addiction Centers’ drug addiction help in Nevada, is ready to help you achieve a life of sobriety and long-term recovery. Call us today at to learn more about our specialized addiction treatment programs near you.


1. U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. (2019). VA MISSION Act: Answers to top questions about community care appointments.

2. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2019). Veteran community care.

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