Psychiatric Evaluation Center - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Psychiatric Evaluation Center

What is the Psychiatric Evaluation Center (PEC)?

PEC is the a pathway to all Mental Health services at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Based in the Emergency Department area, the PEC Staff evaluate Veterans with urgent Mental Health and Substance Dependancy issues such as suicidal thoughts, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic spectrum disorders and treatmetn of alcohol and/or drug dependence (i.e. opiates).

What does the PEC do?

  • Provide medication refills if Veteran does not have an established mental health provider.
  • Make referrals to other clinics within the hospital (i.e. Trauma Recovery Center) and to the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).
  • Facilitate enrollment into substance dependancy programs and address immediate detox needs from alcohol and other substances.
  • Evaluate mental health emergencies including acute psychosis, suicidal and homicidal thoughts.
  • Facilitate admission the the Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.
  • Provide resources, information and referrals to Veterans regarding healthy living, housing and employment.

How to be seen in PEC?

Upon arrival at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center Emergency Department, sign in and request to be seen by PEC. You will be triaged by an ED nurse who will inform PEC staff that there is a Veteran waiting to be seen. Depending on presenting issues, you may be taken to the Emergency Department or asked to take a seat in the waiting area. PEC makes every attempt to see all Veterans as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please ask the ED nurse or PEC clinician who sees you.

If you are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

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Contact Info


  • Cincinnati VAMC, Emergency Department

Contact Number(s)

  • 513-861-3100 Ext. 6509
  • 513-861-3100 Ext. 4171

Hours of Operation

  • 24/7