Mental Health - Minneapolis VA Health Care System
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Minneapolis VA Health Care System

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Mental Health

If you qualify for VA health care, you can get high-quality mental health services as part of your benefits. You may also be able to get care for certain mental health problems even if you don't have VA health care.

We offer a range of services to support and treat Veterans experiencing challenges with mental health and addictions. Services are available at the Minneapolis VA and at Community Clinics. We strive to offer the most up-to-date and evidence based services, and have a strong partnership with the University of Minnesota to facilitate research and training.

We offer a wide variety of groups and services, please talk with your provider about services that might be helpful to you.

The Minneapolis Mental Health Council currently meets once per month and welcomes input from Veterans, family members, friends, supporters, and others who hope to improve care for Veterans.

What we can help with:

• Stress, anxiety, worry, tension, panic, fears
• Sadness, depression, grief, suicidal thoughts & behaviors
• Sleep (e.g. insomnia, nightmares, fatigue)
• Pain management
• Housing and employment
• Family challenges
  (e.g. parenting, relationships, coping with illness, caregiving)
• Problems with alcohol, drugs and gambling (addictions)
• Coping with trauma
  (e.g. PTSD, combat, rape or other sexual assault, natural disasters, 
  motor vehicle accidents)
• Aging, memory loss, changes in personality and behavior
• Seeing or hearing things other people can’t perceive
• Extreme and behavior changes (“too happy” “spending sprees”)
• Setting and reaching goals, helping with recovery

Services include:

Mental Health Intake: brief assessment and treatment for Veterans new
  to mental health services. Helps Veterans connect with ongoing mental 
  health care and provides information about treatments.
Consultation with prescribers (psychiatrists, advanced practice
  nurses, pharmacists) about medications that might help you
Individual therapy to help you set goals and solve problems
Group classes and therapies to help you learn and apply skills,
  for example:
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Moral Reconation Therapy
    • SMART Recovery

Case management services for individuals experiencing
  homelessness, severe mental illness, or frequent hospitalization
Home visits for individuals who cannot access services at the hospital
  (through Home Based Primary Care)
Mental health rehabilitation programming (Veterans Bridge to
  Recovery, a PRRC)
• Intensive outpatient Substance Use Disorder program (4 weeks)
• Intensive outpatient Mental Health (3 week) program (Psychiatry
  Partial Hospital)
Inpatient hospitalization

Who are the providers?

Care at the VA is provided by interdisciplinary teams. Most teams consist of psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and psychologists. Additional staff may include certified peer specialists, pharmacists, recreation therapists, occupational therapists, and creative arts therapists. Because we are a teaching hospital some aspects of your care may be provided by supervised trainees.

How to Access Mental Health Services:

Call Mental Health Intake (MHI) at (612) 467-1921, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Request an appointment in person at Mental Health Intake
Room 1P-170, between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
   If you are not enrolled at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center,
      call Patient Eligibility at (612) 725-2071
      or your County Veterans Service officer
      Or enroll online at:

To speak to someone 24 hours a day from anywhere in the country, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Connect with the VA Suicide Prevention website:

In an emergency, call 911


Mental Health Services at Minneapolis VA