El Paso VA Health Care System
Mental health services are a large part of the care requested by Veterans at the El Paso VA Health Care System. To further the commitment to provide high quality care, VA leaders will convene a Mental Health Summit on Sept. 3, 2014 at El Camino Hotel in downtown El Paso. This year’s summit will focus on the importance of engaging families in the Veteran’s treatment plan. Additionally, the VA staff will continue to cultivate positive working relationships with community resources to better address the needs of Veterans and their families.
"We at the VA stand behind and support our Veterans 100 percent as they continue their road to recovery, said Joel Arrigucci, social work supervisor. We welcome families as a key ingredient in the Veteran’s holistic treatment."
The VA has also moved to enhance community collaborations by strengthening its bonds with Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Centers. Working together, the sister agencies create a single VA footprint throughout southwest Texas and eastern New Mexico. Vet Centers provide mental health, bereavement, benefits and employment assistance, military sexual trauma and family counseling services at local offices and a Mobile Vet Center that takes services to Veterans in their communities.
The VA collaborates with a variety of community organizations to help Veterans and their families access life enhancing therapies and supportive services. A partial list of services follows:
Learn more about VA Vet Centers: www.vetcenter.va.gov. Veterans can speak confidentially with a Vet Center counselor at any time by calling 1-877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387). To contact the El Paso Vet Center directly, call (915) 772-0013. To contact the Las Cruces Vet Center directly, call (575) 523-9826
If you are or know a homeless Veteran, please contact Charm Mizer, Homeless Program Coordinator, at (915) 564-6100 ext. 6159 or 6537. You can also get help at 1-877 4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838).
Veterans needing counseling services, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or your local VA coordinators. The number for the Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Press 1 for Veteran. For the El Paso VA Suicide Prevention, please contact Suicide Prevention Coordinator Dr. Donna Nesbit-Veltri at (915) 564-6100 ext. 7955.
Military Sexual Trauma
Both men and women can experience Military Sexual Trauma, if you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator Jessica Moreno at (915) 564-6100 ext. 6158.
For more information about services, talk with your primary care or mental health provider or visit http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/