Veteran Health Indiana
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.
About the Program
The Mental Health Service provides consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a variety of issues that can impact emotional well-being.
The staff work closely together to develop a treatment plan which meets the specific needs of each Veteran we see.
To make access to mental health care more convenient to Veterans, our mental health specialists are also located at our VA community clinics.
Mental Health services include:
• General Psychiatry Outpatient Services
• Mental Health Research
• Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) Program
• Psychological Assessment Services
• Substance Abuse Programs
• Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM)
• Military Sexual Trauma
• Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC)
• We also provide outreach to homeless and unemployed Veterans.
Mental health services are confidential. We will not talk to anyone about information you share unless you give written consent. Under federal law, a few exceptions to this rule exist. If you have questions, please ask your mental health consultant.
How do you get started?
Veterans can be referred by their primary medical providers or walk-in to our outreach team in D-5029 for general outpatient mental health services. Veterans are then seen at the Mental Health Access Center.
General Psychiatry Outpatient Services: We offer comprehensive services for the full range of emotional problems people can experience. In addition to individual, group, medication and family treatment approaches, we offer specialized programs which include:
• Women's programming
• Geriatrics program
• Telemental Health
• Brief psychological care and assessment in your Primary Care clinic
Mental Health Research
We are committed to developing the most effective treatments for emotional disorders. Our clinical research guides and improves the clinical services we offer by carefully examining the effectiveness of the treatments we believe are most promising. Veterans who participate in research studies confidentially give us knowledge and understanding, which helps to improve care for other Veterans.
Post Traumatic Stress Program
Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) can develop after a person experiences or witnesses highly stressful and life threatening events. PTS symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks and irritability. Our PTS Programs are special programs for veterans who have developed PTS as a result of combat-related experiences or sexual abuse while in the military. Extensive treatment options include:
• Specialized group therapy
• Specific medication treatments
• Stress reduction training
• Family therapy
Understanding PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/understanding_PTSD.asp
Understanding PTSD Treatment: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/understanding_tx/Understanding-TX.asp
Understanding PTSD: Teresa's story
Substance Abuse Programs
We offer treatment for Veterans who have found their use of alcohol or drugs has caused them significant distress or impairment with negative effects on family, personal relationships, health or work. Our treatment programs are structured to care for people through all stages of recovery. We includes specialty services for veterans in need of suboxone or methadone management and veterans seeking to quit smoking
Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM)
The MHICM is a program serving Veterans with psychiatric disabilities who sometimes find it difficult to stay in the community. The Veterans served sometimes also struggle with alcohol or drug problems. The mission of the program is to provide state of the art, community-based care and to empower people to live at their greatest potential in the community. Treatments are provided by a multidisciplinary team. For more information, call (317) 988-0828.
Military Sexual Trauma
Veterans, both women and men, have experienced sexual trauma while they served on active military duty. While some of these Veterans sought counseling and treatment for the aftereffects of the trauma, many have never discussed the incident or their medical or psychological condition with anyone.
VA provides eligible Veterans with confidential counseling and treatment for the aftereffects of sexual trauma, helping them to better cope with the trauma experience, regain their confidence and self-esteem, and improve their quality of life. Our MST Coordinator is Christina McNeely. You can reach her at (317) 988-3449.
The Veterans Transportation Service can help transport ambulatory Veteran patients that have no other means of transportation to the VA medical facilities – you can get more information about transportation from the VTS office, (317) 988-2472.
- VAMC, Walk-in Clinic, D wing, room D5029
Hours of Operation
- Walk-in Clinic, Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.