Mental health care
Minneapolis VA Health Care System operates a comprehensive behavioral health program. We are a regional center of excellence for Veteran-focused mental health care. Ask a care coordinator about treatment options suited to your unique needs.
Care we provide at Minneapolis VA
We offer both inpatient and outpatient services at our medical center and VA Community Clinics, including telehealth appointments.
Our mental health team provides consultation, evaluation and treatment for a variety of issues impacting emotional well-being. Please talk with your provider about services that might be helpful to you. Our services include
Individual therapy, couples therapy, group classes and therapy
- Individual therapy to help you set goals and solve problems
- Couples therapy to help you face family challenges such as parenting, relationships, coping with illness and caregiving
- Group classes and therapies to help you learn and apply skills, for example:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Moral Reconation Therapy
- SMART Recovery
- Consultation with prescribers (psychiatrists, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists) about medications that might help you
Peer support for individuals and groups
- Peer support groups welcome all Veterans at any stage of recovery who have lived experiences of mental illness or substance use. These groups are a way to talk with one another about shared experiences, struggles and challenges in a safe environment
- Learn more about our peer support groups
Services for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- If you are a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to financial hardship, unemployment, addiction, depression, or transition from jail, Minneapolis VA can help you.
- Learn more about the care and resources we provide for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
Treatment for addictive disorders
- Treatment for addictive disorders, including residential rehabilitation treatment programs
Transition and care management for returning Veterans
- Transition and care management for returning Veterans and service members
- Polytrauma care (if you have multiple traumatic injuries)
- Counseling and rehabilitation
- Mental and behavioral health services
- Family benefits counseling and assistance
- Referral assistance
- Learn more about the post deployment clinic
- Case management services for individuals experiencing homelessness, severe mental illness, or frequent hospitalization
- Home visits for individuals who cannot access services at the hospital (through Home Based Primary Care)
Mental health rehabilitation
Veterans mental health council
Each VA supports a council of Veterans and supporters who provide input on ways to improve mental health services. The Minneapolis VA council currently meets once per month and welcomes input from Veterans, family members, friends, supporters and others who hope to improve care for Veterans.
Evidence based treatments
We place a strong emphasis on treatments that have been scientifically studied and proven to be effective.
Commitment to diversity
The Minneapolis VA Mental Health Service Line has a strong commitment to the treatment of underrepresented and marginalized communities, and training of culturally competent staff. Our goals are to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment, to foster multicultural competence and self-awareness and to model cultural humility.
Minneapolis VA both serves and employs individuals of diverse backgrounds, including diversity with respect to age, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, race, religion and ethnicity. As mental health professionals, it is our privilege and duty to provide culturally responsive mental health care.
We believe that increased self-awareness and sensitivity to cultural identities within our staff lead us to be more effective practitioners, teachers and researchers. Staff at Minneapolis VA are also committed to ongoing education, and real policy and institutional change. Each of us must continually strive to utilize the skills and expertise we possess to improve the lives of all 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 provider.