Mental Health

Sacramento Valley Mental Health & Readjustment Services

Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides specialty inpatient and outpatient mental health services at its medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics. In addition, readjustment counseling services are available for veterans and their families at Vet Centers across the nation. All mental health care provided by VHA supports recovery, striving to enable a person with mental health problems to live a meaningful life in their community and achieve full potential.

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline: The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Center for Women Veterans: The Center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and in raising awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

Homeless Veterans:The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking decisive action to end Veteran homelessness in five years. All Veterans at risk for homelessness or attempting to exit homelessness must have easy access to programs and services. VA offers a variety of resources, programs, and benefits which are detailed below.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): The Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

Chico Vet Center: 280 Cohasset Road, Suite 100, Chico, CA 95928, Phone: 530-899-8549, Fax: 530-899-0581. Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. In an effort to better serve the veteran and family members, upon request Vet Centers will provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends.

Citrus Heights Vet Center: 5650 Sunrise Blvd., Suite 150, Citrus Heights, CA 95610, Phone: 916-535-0420, Fax: 919-535-0419.

Colleen King, LMFT: 25 Cadillac Drive, Suite 103, Sacramento, CA, Phone: ((916) 295-1819. Licensed Marrage and Family Therapist; counseling for adults, adolescents, and children.

4B Pacific Western Regional Office: 420 Executive Court North Suite A, Fairfield, CA 94534, Phone: 707-646-2988, Fax: 707-646-2960. The Readjustment Counseling Service Pacific Western Region provides administrative oversight to the RCS Vet Centers located in the West Coast States including Hawaii and Guam. Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Modesto Vet Center: 1219 N. Carpenter Rd., Suite 12, Modesto, CA 95351, Phone: 209-569-0713, Fax: 209-569-0718. Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Sacramento VA Mental Health Clinic: PTSD Clinical Team, 10535 Hospital Way, Building 649, 2nd Floor, Mather, CA 95655, Phone: (800) 382-8387 or (916) 366-5420. The Sacramento Mental Health Clinic provides a full range of psychiatric and psychological assessments and interventions including individual and group psychotherapy, medication management, substance abuse treatment and a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment program.

Sacramento Vet Center: 1111 Howe Avenue Suite #390, Sacramento, CA 95825, Phone: 916-566-7430, Fax: 916-566-7433. Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday

Additional Resources

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE): Improving the lives of our nation’s service members, families and veterans by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care.

Real Warriors: The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.

Sacramento County Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members: The Sacramento County Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members is part of a growing awareness and effort to take a community approach to the needs of returning veterans, to ensure that they are a valuable part of a healthy community and that the community is a meaningful part of the health of the veteran. The Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members is a one-stop-shop for virtually all services, information, support, advocacy, and much more. This public service is an attempt to bring together critical information for all components of the veterans’ community, including veterans, family members, active-duty personnel, reservists, members of the National Guard, employers, service providers, and the community at large.

The Soldiers Project: The Soldiers Project is a private, non-profit, independent group of volunteer licensed mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses and marriage and family therapists. We provide free counseling and support to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts and to veterans of those conflicts. We see active duty as well as members of activated Reserve or Guard units. In addition, our services are available to the families and other loved ones of service members. We provide help to service members and families struggling with issues related to the overwhelming trauma of war including the cycle from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming and re-entry to civilian life.

Veteran’s Community Support Network: The Veterans Community Support Network is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to addressing the needs of veterans and their families in the Greater Sacramento area.

Give An Hour: Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We provide counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. We offer treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, and loss and grieving.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. Find your local rape/abuse crisis center on their website.

PEACE for Families: 24 hour crisis line (800) 575-5352  PEACE for Families is an acronym for Placer Extends A Caring Environment for Families. We firmly believe that everyone – regardless of sex, race, religion, or occupation, whether they are heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian or transgender – deserves to live a life free from violence. We provide victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Placer County with a safe, caring and nurturing environment free of charge.

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN): SWAN is a non-partisan, non-profit human rights organization that works to improve the welfare of U.S. servicewomen and all women veterans. SWAN advocates for servicewomen and women veterans by educating the public, recommending sound policy reform to legislators, developing creative, healing and empowering community programs, offering personal support and guidance from fellow women veterans and providing pro bono legal referrals from military law experts.

Soldier’s Heart: Our goal is to prepare families and communities in supporting and healing veterans – both those returning from current wars and those who fought in past wars. Our veterans’ project focuses on creating a network of community based services to facilitate a healthier and more successful reintegration of our nation’s veterans. The term Soldier’s Heart was coined in the time of the Civil War to describe Post–traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The organization Soldier’s Heart was created in response to the outpouring of concern for our nation’s veterans and their psychological wounds. In addition to direct service to veterans, our staff helps educate communities on how to start support services for vets and their families and conducts seminars to train other professionals in the special and unique needs of veterans.

Wounded Warrior Project: The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors; to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and; to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.