ROVER - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Returning OEF/OIF/OND Veterans’ Environment of Recovery (ROVER)

Returning OEF/OIF/OND Veterans’ Environment of Recovery (ROVER)

Returning OEF/OIF/OND Veterans’ Environment of Recovery (ROVER)

ROVER is an intensive treatment program designed specifically for OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD, substance dependence, mood, or anxiety disorder. ROVER is grounded in evidence-based treatments, provided mostly in group therapy. ROVER is a 4-week program housed in an inpatient psychiatric setting at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. After completing the program and acquiring new skills, techniques and insights to improve quality of life, the Veteran will return to his home clinic and resume outpatient treatment.


  • Multidisciplinary Case Management
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Intensive Group Therapy
  • Consultation with Veteran’s mental health outpatient provider prior to discharge from ROVER (as needed)

 What types of therapies does ROVER offer?

  • Dialectical Behavior Skills
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Seeking Safety
  • Wellness and Nutrition Classes
  • Skills Groups
  • Occupational/ Recreational Therapy
  • Individual Therapy (when appropriate)

Commitment to Treatment 

An essential part of the treatment provided on ROVER is a commitment made by each Veteran to be an active participant in all activities (i.e., group and individual therapy meetings) outlined in his treatment plan.

Referrals for Admission to ROVER 

In order to determine whether the ROVER program is a good fit for your needs, we have a screening process. Please speak with your VA mental health care provider to begin the screening process.

  1. Contact your local mental health provider who can place a request (consult) for the ROVER team to contact you about joining the program.
  2. Once the ROVER team learns of your interest, we will arrange for an interview with you over the phone.
  3. We will set a day for you to start your treatment in the program.


  1. OEF/OIF Veteran
  2. Diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance dependence, mood or anxiety disorder
  3. Willingness to participate in intensive group therapy with other OEF/OIF Veterans
  4. Commitment to engage in comprehensive treatment for 4-5 weeks weeks
  5. Current participation in outpatient treatment

Top Ten Things to Know about the ROVER Program

Rover Orientation Handbook

ROVER General Schedule

ROVER Commitment to Treatment 

ROVER Brochure

ROVER-WISER Packing List