(5/30/13) Tomah VA Medical Center is part of the nationwide effort to ensure that Veterans receive the mental health services and support they need.
Tomah VA Medical Center is one of 15 pilot sites where the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with community-based mental health providers to help Veterans access mental health services in a timely manner.
"This is an important initiative for us to be able to collaborate with our healthcare partners at the Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center, and are excited about being able to work together to improve mental health access to Veterans," said Tomah VAMC Director Mario V. DeSanctis.
"Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center is proud to partner with the Tomah VA on mental health care. We do this as part of our commitment to assuring health care access for our area", said Mari Freiberg, Executive Director of Scenic Bluffs, a private non-profit Community Health Center. "We are especially proud to be able support our veterans and their families because of all they've done to serve us." Freiberg added the Health Center has found an exemplary partner in the Tomah VA and staff, and is very pleased and excited by future possibilities of services beyond mental health care. "If there is a way to improve primary care access for veterans in the community, we are happy to be a part of those efforts led by the Tomah VA staff."
The President's Executive Order requires VA and Health and Human Services to establish pilot projects whereby VA develops formal arrangements with community-based providers, such as community mental health centers, community health centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, and rural health clinics, to explore the use of community partnerships in helping to meet the mental health needs of Veterans.
Pilot programs will be varied and may include provisions for inpatient, residential, and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services over time. Additional elements for some sites will include tele-mental health, staff sharing and space utilization arrangements to allow VA clinicians to provide services directly in communities that are distant from a VA facility.
Tomah VAMC offers a range of treatments and services to improve the mental health of Veterans, at the medical center campus in Tomah and at outpatient clinics in Wausau, La Crosse, Wisconsin Rapids, and Owen. Inpatient Mental Health services include an acute psychiatric hospital program, short and long term inpatient Mental Health recovery programs, and residential treatment programs focusing on the treatment of addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and assistance with transitioning to employment. Outpatient services include a wide range of evidence-based individual and group therapies, psychiatric services, many other specialized services to support recovery from the full range of Mental Health problems. Therapeutic and Supported Employment Services are available to provide support through job training and experience, and a Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center focuses on improving functionality and enabling Veterans to lead full and meaningful lives in the community of their choice. This partnership gives Veterans in the area an additional option: the expertise of the Licensed Professional Counselors at Scenic Bluffs Health Center with coverage in Southern Monroe and Vernon Counties.
Immediate help is available at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net or by calling the Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (push 1) or texting 838255.
For more information about mental health care that VA provides