VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
Behavioral Health Service
Update - Behavioral Health Services Due to Coronavirus
The Behavioral Health Service (BHS) at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) continues to address the needs of Veterans during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, given recommendations for social distancing by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), many services will be provided via video.
Until further notice, the following services will continue:
2E hospitalization for acute mental health care
Urgent care walk-in services (crisis/emergency only)
VA Video Connect*
Intake Services (for new Veterans establishing care)
Individual therapy (PCMHI, BHIP, ADTP)
Medication evaluation and management services
Peer support services
*If you are a Veteran who is unable to utilize VA Video Connect,
phone services will be offered
Until further notice, the following services are postponed:
All in-person services (unless otherwise stated above or on a case-by-case basis)
All behavioral health group sessions at the VAMC, VRC, and Primary Care Clinics
If you are needing medication renewed and will be out of medication prior to your next appointment, please use secure messaging through your myhealthevet account; or, if you are not connected to myhealthevet, please call your assigned MH Treatment Coordinator (click here for telephone numbers) or call 702-791-9062 for further assistance.
We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise during this difficult time. Please know BHS has implemented these changes at this time for the safety of each Veteran, VA employees and volunteers.
For more information on the COVID-19, please visit the VA Public Health website .
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.
There are two entry points into behavioral health services:
- Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI)
- Same-day access/Walkin
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 Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) member can introduce you to a PCMHI provider same-day as your PACT appointment.
Same-day Access/Walkin. If you need immediate assistance, you can utilize same-day access/walkin services at the Mental Health Clinic at the VA Medical Center and Primary Care Clinics. You will be triaged by a Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) and a determination will be made reguarding service needs. The MHTC will refer you to the appropriate program/service provider(s) to ensure your mental health needs are met.
If you call for an appointment, your information will be taken and a behavioral health provider will contact you to assist you in establishing your treatment.
Call Center: 702-791-9000
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 or use same-day access / walk-in at your assigned clinic.
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!
Additional information about emotional and physical health can be explored throught the Veterans Health Library.
Building 1 - Mental Health
6900 North Pecos Road
N. Las Vegas, NV 89086
Hours of Operation
- 07:30 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday