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Mental health care

VA Puget Sound health care operates a comprehensive behavioral health program. We are a regional center of excellence for Veteran-focused mental health care.

Connecting to mental health care

To receive mental health care services from VA Puget Sound, enroll into VA's health care and register for care at VA Puget Sound.  Call or visit our eligibility office to begin the registration process

New patients to mental health care

If you receive routine care from one of our primary care clinics, our mental health services are available through the same scheduling office at 800-329-8387, ext. 74241

If you are connected to VA Puget Sound, but receive primary care from another source, contact one of our medical centers for same day service:

Seattle VA Medical Center

Phone: 206-277-4709
Where: Building 101, 2nd floor
When: Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

American Lake VA Medical Center

Phone: 253-583-1680
Where: Building 61, 1st floor
When: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Existing patients of mental health care

If you are a current patient or have a referral, please contact our scheduling office to make, cancel, or reschedule appointments:

Seattle VA Medical Center

Phone: 206-764-2007

American Lake VA Medical Center

Phone: 253-583-1759

Addictions treatment self-referral

Self-referrals to treatment for additions can be made by contacting:

Seattle Addictions Treatment Center

Phone: 206-277-3318

American Lake Addictions Treatment Center

Phone: 253-583-1759

Emergencies or mental health crisis

During a mental health emergency or crisis, please contact:

Seattle Psychiatric Emergency Services

Phone: 206-764-2610

Veterans Crisis Line

Phone: 988, then press 1, or just call 911

Care we provide

The Behavioral Health Department offers both inpatient and outpatient services, including telehealth appointments. We provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a variety of issues impacting emotional well-being. Our services include:

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Services for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • Treatment for addictive disorders, including residential rehabilitation treatment programs
  • Transition and care management for returning Veterans (OIF/OEF/OND)


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.