Minneapolis VA Health Care System
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.
Please use this list to start a conversation with your provider about services that might be helpful to you: Mental Health Resources List
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
• 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,
• 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
• 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: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/
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: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/index.asp
In an emergency, call 911
Mental Health Services at Minneapolis VA
Mental Health Intake
One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Hours of Operation
- 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.