Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.


Quick Links
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge

Adjusting to Chronic Conditions with Education, Support & Skills | South Central MIRECC

A winding forest trail

About Adjusting to Chronic Conditions with Education, Support and Skills

ACCESS is a psychosocial intervention specifically designed to address the physical and emotional issues faced by chronically ill patients. The goals of the intervention are to empower individuals via patient-centered education, teach self-management strategies, and use goals and action plans to increase skill use and success.

  • Involves six active treatment sessions (weekly meetings of 45-60 minutes for session 1, and 30-45 minutes for sessions 2-6).
  • Content in sessions 3-6 is flexible, allowing the flexibility to spend more than one session on focused skills, as needed.
  • Follow-up booster sessions (10-to 15-minute phone calls) are used to help solidify changes over time.
  • The length of the total treatment (active treatment and boosters) is 16 weeks.
  • Published 2015 | Updated 2022

This product is an evidence-based practice.


Developed By

Jeffrey A. Cully, PhD, Melinda A. Stanley, PhD, Michael R. Kauth, PhD, Aanand Naik, MD, and Mark E. Kunik, MD, MPH.

What Do You Think About This Product?

Let us know by answering this 2-minute anonymous survey.

Use of these Materials and Finding VA Health Care

Please note that the health care information provided in these materials is for educational purposes only. It does not replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment. If you are looking for professional medical care, find your local VA healthcare center by using the VA Facilities Locator & Directory. This page may contain links that will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

Last updated: December 14, 2023