Women's Inpatient Specialty Environment of Recovery (WISER) - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Women's Inpatient Specialty Environment of Recovery (WISER)

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 is a trauma-informed, intensive treatment approach tailored specifically for women Veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD, mood or anxiety disorder, and co-occurring substance abuse/dependence. WISER programming is grounded in the highest level of trauma-focused evidence-based treatments, which are provided mostly in group therapy. WISER is a 4-5 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 her quality of life, the Veteran will return to her home clinic and resume outpatient treatment.

WISER Values 

  • Recovery
  • Safety & Trust
  • Effective Coping Skills
  • Empowerment
  • Healthy Intimate Relationships
  • Quality of Life
  • Mindfulness
  • Connection to Others
  • Wisdom of Women

What types of therapies does WISER offer? 

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


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

Commitment to Treatment 

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

Who is eligible for the program?

  1. Female Veterans
  2. Diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, mood or anxiety disorder; co-occurring substance use disorder
  3. Willing and cognitively able to participate in intensive group therapy with other female Veterans
  4. Commitment to engage in comprehensive treatment for 4-5 weeks
  5. Current participation in outpatient treatment

How do I apply for admission to WISER? 

  1. Contact your local mental health provider who can place a request (consult) for the WISER team to contact you about admitting to the program.
  2. The WISER team will contact you directly to arrange a telephone interview with you.
  3. If you are an appropriate candidate for WISER, we will set a day for you to start your treatment in the program.
  4. For more information, call 713-791-1414, ext. 26774

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WISER Brochure 

WISER Orientation Handbook 

WISER Group Schedule 

WISER Packing List

WISER Commitment to Treatment Form