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Huntington VA center to boost addiction treatment

Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe VA Medical Center Director Brian Nimmo speaks during a media roundtable event on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at the Huntington VA Medical Center.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe
VA Medical Center Director Brian Nimmo speaks during a media roundtable event on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at the Huntington VA Medical Center.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A year after the Department of Veterans Affairs came under fire for long wait times at many of its medical facilities, the Huntington VA Medical Center is taking a proactive approach to spreading the word about its progress, its challenges and the plans it has for improvement.

With that mission in mind, the VA brought in several of its department heads on Monday afternoon to share its latest news, which includes a planned 15-bed, residential substance abuse treatment facility, expansions of its mental and behavioral health services, continued growth of its Telehealth program and more.

“We want to talk about the organization in a way that’s meaningful for veterans and stakeholders in our area,” said Brian Nimmo, executive director of the Huntington VA. “We’re working on building communication channels through the regular forums we already have in place. … It’s vital for creating awareness about what’s going on at the VA and instilling confidence in the VA system.”

One area of focus right now is addiction recovery. The free-standing residential rehabilitation facility that is planned will be designed in the year to come and is expected to open its doors in 2017…

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