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Manchester VA Gets Funding for Pain Rehab Services

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The Manchester VA Medical Center is getting funding to build an outpatient pain rehab program.

The grant for $378,252 is from the New England VA regional office, VISN 1, and will be used to hire a nurse practitioner, a clinical psychologist, and an RN.

In a statement, Medical Center director Danielle Ocker says veterans deserve to return home and to "the greatest extent possible enjoy a pain-free, and high-quality life."

In recent years, the Manchester VA has expanded its treatment options for patients who want to avoid opioids. Those treatments include chiropractic and acupuncture care, cognitive behavioral therapy and yoga therapy, among others.

The Manchester VA has been criticized for excessive wait times at its pain clinic.

VA officials declined to be interviewed for this story.
 

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered and Writers on a New England Stage at New Hampshire Public Radio. He has served as a producer/announcer/host of Weekend Edition Saturday at Vermont Public Radio and as a reporter/host of Morning Edition at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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