Mental Health - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


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.

How You know if You have A Mental Health Problem

Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Since the brain and body affect one another, mental problems can cause physical problems along with changes in thinking, feeling, and behavior.

In addition to commonly recognized emotional problems, like feeling very sad or nervous, symptoms and signs of mental health problems can include:

  • Changes in sleep, appetite, weight, or sex life
  • Headaches or other physical pain
  • Muscle tension and weakness
  • Decreased energy, motivation, or interests
  • Problems with attention, concentration, or memory
  • Irritability, anger, or "short temper"
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness
  • Unhealthy behaviors (misusing drugs, alcohol, food, sex, or other behaviors like gambling or spending too much money to cope with stress or emotions)
  • Problems functioning at home, work, or school
  • The most important thing to remember is to talk with your primary care or mental health provider when you notice new symptoms or problems. Your healthcare team
    can help you figure out what’s going on and what to do about it.

The Mental Healthcare Line at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center serves Veterans in inpatient and outpatient settings to help them achieve a full and meaningful life. Mental health services are provided in a number of settings based on the needs of the patient. The following is a brief explanation of the behavioral health services we offer. Click the links for more information on treatment options and referral processes.Our Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic provides mental health services as a part of the Patient Aligned Care Team to help Veterans work toward symptom resolution. Counseling and treatment are offered according to an individualized plan.

For those suffering from more serious mental health concerns, Intensive Outpatient Mental Health services offer more contact and treatment time to overcome significant barriers. Intensive outpatient visits are scheduled as often as five days a week until less frequent treatment is appropriate.

Programs included in the Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Services are: 
         Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
         Treatment, Recovery and Activity Center

Inpatient Behavioral Health Care is available for Veterans who require more intervention than can be provided in the community. Acute inpatient psychiatry patients are admitted to the facility to be treated by our team of psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and other therapists. Each inpatient unit also has primary and specialty care for other health needs. Acute inpatient stays typically last three to ten days and are followed up by further treatment after the patient is discharged from the facility.

Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation offers Veterans a place to heal problems with substance abuse, homelessness or vocational challenges. The program establishes a treatment plan that prepares the Veteran with the skills needed to maintain a better quality of life on a permanent basis. Over the course of three to six months, new behaviors are developed to foster independence and success upon reentering the community.

The Men and Womens Residential Program is uniquely suited to assist women Veterans in overcoming the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. The residents in this program share a home-like setting with other women Veterans who have had similar experiences. In a safe, calm environment, they receive help healing emotional wounds through treatment and shared growth. Medical and behavioral health care is offered, as well as support services during the residential treatment and after returning to the community. VA Western New York Healthcare System also offers outpatient therapy for women Veterans dealing with the effects of trauma, mental illness or substance abuse.  Treatment is provided in individual and group sessions.