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Veterans Response Team

Veteran Response Team (VRT) services include: Veteran in Crisis, Suicide Prevention, Mental Health, Intimate Partner Violence, Substance Abuse, Homelessness, LGBTQ+ and Peer Support Programs.

Crisis Response and Intervention Training (CRIT)

25 Officers Maximum

To register, provide Full Name, Email Address, Phone Number, and the Dates requested for class.

Class Location:

Birmingham East VA Clinic. 7901 Crestwood Blvd, Irondale AL, 35210

If you have any questions regarding the class, please email

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Birmingham VA Emergency Services


Mental Health Services

Birmingham East VA Clinic

Outpatient individual, group and family therapy, medication evaluation and management


Same-day Triage Service

Birmingham East VA Clinic

7901 Crestwood BLVD, Bham, AL 35210


Monday – Friday, 7:30am-3:30pm

Urgent, non-emergent needs*


After-hours mental health crisis needs:

Birmingham VAMC Emergency Department

700 19th Street S. Birmingham, AL 35233



24/7 Assistance:

VA Dispatch


Veterans Crisis Line

988, Press 1


Non-crisis services:

Call 205-957-5300 for scheduling


Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

  • Can help assist Veterans, OR their partners who USE or EXPERIENCE IPV
  • Can assist in safety planning/referrals to local shelters and resources/referrals to VA resources
  • Can assist with treatment for Veterans who USE violence and may have DV related charges
  • NOT 24/7 – only available during 8am-4pm Monday-Friday – 205-926-8652
  • 24/7 DV hotline number is 800-799-7233 (This number is for emergent calls and can assist 24/7/365)

Substance Abuse Treatment

Birmingham VA Medical Center Emergency Department – Detox

700 19th Street South

Birmingham, AL 35233


Present to the Emergency Department to request Detox services


VA Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Clinic

Intensive Outpatient Program

Birmingham VA East Clinic

7901 Crestwood BLVD

Birmingham, AL 35210


Monday – Friday, 8am-300pm



Healthcare for Homeless Veterans – Two locations

2nd Floor 2K Building at the Birmingham VA Medical Center

205-933-8101, ext. 336871

Monday – Friday 8AM-4:30PM


Birmingham East VA Clinic

7901 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35210

205-957-5929 or 205-957-5913

Monday – Friday 8AM-4:30PM


Help for Homeless Veterans National Call Center



Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists

205-957-5636 (Birmingham)

205-440-7930 (Huntsville)


Peer Support Program

As a Veteran with a personal mental health/or substance abuse history, who is actively engaged in his/her own recovery and is trained and certified to help Veterans recover. Peer Specialists assist fellow Veterans to articulate their goals for recovery and to learn and practice new skills.  Peers monitor Veteran progress, assist in treatment, and model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies. They empower by helping Veterans identify their strengths, supports, and resources. They advocate by working to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

Advantages to Peer Support

  • Provides comfort and support
  • Provides Veterans with private Peer-to-Peer sessions
  • Teaches and supports the learning of skills needed to facilitate one's recovery.
  • Makes Veterans aware of available services and choices.
  • Helps Veterans develop a sense of wellness and self-worth.
  • Improves social functioning and quality of life
  • Fosters independence
  • Improves ability to deal with mental illness
  • Increases access to resources beyond the VA
  • Improves communication with providers
  • Decreases the use of crisis services
  • Improves the effectiveness of the mental health delivery system


Contact Information

  • Not 24/7- Available 8am-4:30pm on Monday and Wednesday - Friday. On Tuesday leave a message and the referral will be processed next day- 205-909-8876
  • Referral will be staffed and assigned to a Peer Specialist - Contact with veteran is within 24-48 hours.
  • For emergent assistance – Refer to the Emergency Department
  • Non-emergent same day– Veteran’s crisis line (988, Press 1) or Mental Health same-day Triage (7am-4:30pm) - 205-957-5300


LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator Program

  • Can help assist LGBTQ+ Veterans by providing safe and affirming support
  • Can assist LGBTQ+ Veterans connect to safe, high quality and affirming VA healthcare and services
  • Can assist Veterans with referrals to local LGBTQ+ services and resources
  • Can assist LGBTQ+ Veterans coordinate gender affirming care.
  • NOT 24/7 – only available during 8am-4pm Monday-Friday – 205-306-1078 or 205-933-8101 ext 336637