Why AAC is a Community Care Provider


The Affordable Care Act of 2010 mandated that addiction care be included as a right in health insurance plans. This opened doors for people with substance abuse disorders to receive quality treatment. But choosing the right treatment facility and plan can be difficult—and can be even more challenging for a military veteran.

Veterans Affairs (VA) offers treatment across the healthcare spectrum for former service members. However, if wait times are too long, or a healthcare facility does offer the treatment a veteran may need, where do they look next?

Thankfully, there are options. Community care providers (CCP) help the VA bridge the healthcare treatment gap to make sure that the men and women who gave a lot of themselves to serve our country get the care they need and deserve.

Community Care Provider: American Addiction Centers

What is a community care provider? In short, they are private providers outside of the VA that the organization has authorized to treat military veterans if the VA doesn’t have the capacity. The MISSION Act created the legislation to allow the VA to send patients to outside facilities when the need arose.

If you or a loved one is a military veteran who has not been able to get adequate treatment for a substance use disorder through a VA hospital or treatment, it may be time to ask about a community care provider. If you meet the eligibility requirements, and follow the right steps, the VA can help you find the right facility and cover some of the cost of treatment. In some instances, you may be able to request a certain facility if they are a CCP.

In the addiction treatment space, American Addiction Centers, Sunrise House’s parent company, has locations that work with the VA to operate as a community care provider. Desert Hope Treatment Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and Recovery First Treatment Center in Hollywood, Florida, are both CCPs.

What You Can Expect With AAC

American Addiction Centers offers one of the largest networks of addiction treatment facilities in the United States. Our approach to sobriety and recovery is heavily reliant on evidence-based treatments and therapies. Many of our locations offer a full continuum of care, from detox to aftercare planning.

Both of the facilities mentioned above offer a program called Salute to Recovery, which is designed specifically for veterans and first responders. The goal of this program is to provide a comfortable environment for veterans to talk and learn about sobriety and recovery with people who have shared life experiences.

The Salute to Recovery programs are unique in this instance, and because several members of staff who work with military veterans are also veterans or have experienced substance abuse in their own lives. The rest of the staff at AAC locations are just as dedicated and passionate about their patients and their recovery.

What We Stand For

American Addiction Centers’ mission, as shared on its website, is:

“To provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Through comprehensive and customized treatment plans, we instill hope that long-term recovery is possible. Our purpose and passion is to empower you, your family, and your community by helping you achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.”

We’re honored to work with the VA as a community care provider. If you are a veteran and interested in our Salute to Recovery programs offered at Desert Hope and Recovery First, give us a call at 888-759-1241 to learn how to navigate the community care provider steps necessary to get to treatment with us.



About The Contributor

Laura Close
Laura Close

Senior Web Content Editor, American Addiction Centers

Laura Close is a Senior Web Content Editor at American Addiction Centers and an addiction content expert for Oxford Treatment Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and has nearly a decade in professional editing experience that includes... Read More


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