El Paso VA Health Care System
Mental Health Services
What do you think about when you hear "mental health"? Dr. Rodriguez, Chief of the Mental Health Service at the El Paso VA would like for Veterans and family members of Veterans to learn about the various programs offered through mental health. "We hope that in talking about what we offer, Veterans will understand everything we can do for them and they can get the help they need." Dr. Rodriguez adds, "If you are in crisis or need someone to talk to now, please come to our walk-in clinic".
Homeless Program helps Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. There are many reasons Veterans can become homeless, including poverty, lack of support from family or friends, substance use, or mental health challenges that may develop or worsen because of trauma they experience while serving. If you are or know a homeless Veteran, contact Charm Mizer, Homeless Program Coordinator, at (915) 564-6100 ext. 6159. You can also get help at 1-877 4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)
Suicide Prevention Coordinators makes certain Veterans receive needed counseling services. Calls from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are referred to these coordinators. The number for the Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Press 1 for Veteran.
Mental Health Recovery helps a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential. Peers are an important part of the program. Fellow Veterans who have gone through the journey of recovery serve as peer counselors and models of success.
The Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program provides important services for Veterans with severe mental illness who have been hospitalized often or for long periods. Because these Veterans are at high risk for rehospitalization, case managers monitor them more frequently and often visit them at their home.
Primary Care-Mental Health Integration allows mental health treatment to take place in the primary care setting. This reduces the number of ‘no show’ patients who do not follow up on a mental health referral and frees up treatment resources in mental health clinics for patients suffering for more complicated or severe mental illness.
Both men and women can experience military sexual trauma (MST) during their service. MST can affect a person’s physical and mental health, even many years later. People can recover from the consequences of traumatic experiences and VA helps Veterans do this.
Other programs in mental health include, Substance use disorder (SUD), Compensated work therapy (CWT) and Military Trauma Treatment Program (MTTP). For more information on the above, talk to your primary care or mental health provider.