The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) treats veterans with Parkinson’s through Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education & Clinical Centers (PADRECCs). PADRECCs offer care to all veterans currently enrolled in the VA Health Care System. Developed in 2001, these medical centers treat PD using state-of-the-art clinical care, education, research and national outreach and advocacy.
The six PADRECC centers are located in VA Medical Centers in:
- Philadelphia, PA
- Richmond, VA
- Houston, TX
- West Los Angeles, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Portland, OR/Seattle, WA (both sites combined are the Northwest PADRECC)
PADRECCs are staffed by internationally known movement disorder specialists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, researchers, educators, social workers and other PD experts.
PADRECCs also coordinate a network of Consortium Centers that ensure accessibility and specialized PD care for veterans. There are currently 51 centers, each offering administrative assistance, professional collaboration and educational support from PADRECCs. Veterans who cannot visit a PADRECC facility can be treated at their nearest Consortium Center or through telemedicine. Together, PADRECCs and Consortium Centers provide Parkinson’s care within the VA system.
Veterans and Parkinson’s Research
Often times, veterans with Parkinson’s are eligible to participate in clinical trials and other research opportunities. Before enrolling in a study, speak with your doctor and if possible, share study details.
Veterans are also eligible to enroll in the Parkinson’s Foundation PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease study. This is the first-of-its-kind national initiative that offers genetic testing for clinically relevant Parkinson's-related genes and genetic counseling at no cost for people with a confirmed diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Sign up for PD GENEration today. Please note that this is a Parkinson’s Foundation study and is not sponsored by the VA.
Join the PD GENEration Today
PD GENEration is an initiative that offers genetic testing and genetic counseling at no cost for people with Parkinson’s.
She has shared her PD experiences with groups across the country, including teaching a class on managing the emotional aspects of PD.