VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
Behavioral Health Service
As a part of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Behavioral Health Service (BHS) provides a wide range of outpatient and inpatient behavioral health treatment to meet the mental and behavioral health needs of eligible Veterans.
Some of the conditions we address include but are not limited to:
- Substance Use
A Veteran does not need to have a mental health service-connected disability, nor does your condition need to be related to military service, in order to receive treatment. However, certain programs within BHS may have specific requirements to participate (see program descriptions for additional information).
Those who may be ineligible for medical services, may still be eligible for behavioral health care including those who have experienced a military sexual trauma or limited emergency services for those discharged under “other than honorable” (OTH) conditions.
Although part of the VA, BHS does not conduct evaluations for service-connected compensation. If a Veteran is seeking an evaluation for a compensation rating, please contact the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) at 1-800-827-1000 or apply at www.ebenefits.va.gov. For Veterans’ convenience, a VBA office is located at the VAMC on the first floor.
Establishing Your Care
There are three entry points into behavioral health services:
- Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI)
- Orientation and Intake
- Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care
Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI). If you have never used behavioral health services, are new to the area, or it has been more than 2 years since you had contact with a behavioral health provider, a primary care provider can introduce you to a PCMHI provider same-day.
Orientation and Intake. Any Veteran can call 702-791-9062 to schedule an orientation appointment where one will receive information about all BHS programs and processes. Following orientation, each Veteran will be presented an opportunity to schedule an intake appointment for assessment and treatment planning.
Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care. If you are hospitalized due to a mental or behavioral health condition, as part of the discharge plan, a follow-up appointment will be made for you with a behavioral health provider. At this appointment, it is important to develop a treatment plan which addresses your continued behavioral health needs and follow up care. Please keep this appointment.
Re-Establishing Your Care
Sometimes, Veterans may disengage from care due to different stressors including crisis, move, family problems, transportation issues, provider changes, etc. If you want to reestablish care, please call 702-791-9062 as soon as possible. A staff member will help you schedule with your previous provider (if available), with a new provider, or with orientation and intake if you have not been involved in care for more than 2 years.
What You Can Do to Help in Your Recovery
At your initial intake, be prepared to share your history. This information helps your provider better understand how you have been impacted by life events, medical conditions, substance use, etc.
Attend and be on time for your appointment.
Follow the plan of care you and your provider have discussed (i.e. take medication as prescribed, practice skills, attend appointments, etc.).
Monitor and have your medications refilled before you run out. You can call the pharmacy at 702-791-9061 or use Myhealthevet to request them.
Use Myhealthevet secure messaging to ask questions or to express concerns to your treating providers. Providers can respond to your inquiries quickly.
Be willing to consider new ways of thinking, to explore and express your feelings, and be motivated to try and practice new behaviors.
Notify your provider of any life changes or stressors that impact your emotional or physical health.
Talk with your provider before deciding to stop using behavioral health services. Your provider can make referrals or help with coordinating your care to be sure your needs are still being met and that your concerns are addressed.
Get active! Identify current and past strengths to build on and explore safe and healthy opportunities for you to grow. Get involved with your family, within the community, and engage in self-care.
Engage in Whole Health!
Building 1 - Mental Health
6900 North Pecos Road
N. Las Vegas, NV 89086
Hours of Operation
- 07:30 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday