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VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

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Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health Department, including inpatient and outpatient services, is located in the Consolidation Building at the University Drive campus. The service provides consultation, evaluation and treatment for a variety of behavioral health issues impacting emotional well-being.

Depending on the individual's needs, treatment may include individual therapy sessions with a clinician, medication management, or group therapy. The goal of all treatment is to alleviate symptoms, to improve patients' lives, and to improve their relationships with their families and communities. We also conduct research and training to ensure state-of-the-art treatment.

Behavioral health services at VA Pittsburgh include:

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • In-patient Psychiatric Unit
  • Homeless Veterans Services
  • Treatment for Addictive Disorders, including residential rehabilitation treatment programs

Treatment addresses the following:

  • depression, sadness, grief
  • anxiety, worry, nervousness
  • addictive behaviors
  • relationship problems
  • stress from medical problems and/or pain
  • post-traumatic stress disorder and combat related stress disorder
  • emotional problems, such as managing anger
  • vocational issues
  • troublesome thoughts or ideas
  • confused thinking
  • aggressive or self-harming behaviors
  • memory problems

Some related services, such as the psychiatric residential rehabilitation treatment program, and OIF/OEF/OND services are located at the H.J. Heinz campus in Aspinwall.

Confidentiality

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.

A Regional Leader in Behavioral Health

Three Veterans talking in a group.
Veterans who are involved in decisions about their behavioral health care are more likely to continue treatment.

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System operates one of the busiest and most comprehensive behavioral health programs in the VA system—and serves as a regional center of excellence for Veteran-focused mental health care.

This status isn't just anecdotal. Check out the numbers.

In the past six months, we have served more than 9,100 Veterans. This includes:

  • 81,347 appointments in individual and group talk therapy sessions.
  • 32,764 behavioral health clinic appointments.
  • 14,000-plus appointments for substance use disorders.
  • Nearly 3,000 post-traumatic stress disorder clinic team appointments.

At these sessions, Veterans participate in treatment plans that suit their unique behavioral health care needs. Some options are:

  • One-on-one care with a designated VA psychologist, psychiatrist or behavioral health nurse.
  • Walk-in behavioral health clinic appointments available every weekday, no appointment required.
  • Evidence-based talk therapies for Veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other eras.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatments, including cognitive processing and prolonged exposure therapies.
  • Specific treatments and trainings, including social skills training and behavioral family therapy, for Veterans diagnosed with a serious mental illness.
  • Specialized skill building group therapies on anger management, coping skills, civilian reintegration and pain management.
  • Era-based group treatment and support groups for Veterans who saw combat.

In addition, more than 1,600 Veterans have participated in approximately 5,100 community-based telemental health appointments in the last six months. These appointments enable a Veteran located at any of our five community-based outpatient clinics to receive behavioral health care remotely from a VA provider based in Pittsburgh. This service truly aims to give Veterans the care that they need—and want—right in their own communities.

Veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) have the added option to participate in a clinic that is specific to their era of service. This clinic—called our OEF/OIF/OND clinic—includes a designated team of psychologists and psychiatrists who offer integrated behavioral health services to each Veteran in need.

The bottom line? Veterans at VA Pittsburgh have a wide range of options—and flexibility—when seeking behavioral health care at VA Pittsburgh.

If you are a Veteran in the greater Pittsburgh area—and you are interested in learning more about receiving behavioral health care at VA Pittsburgh—learn more by calling 412-360-6788.

If you are a Veteran in crisis, call VA's free confidential Veterans Crisis Line at any time by dialing 1-800-273-8255
and then press 1.

Contact Info

Location

  • University Drive campus
    Consolidation Building

Contact Number(s)

  • 412-360-6600

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
    Some Saturday, early morning and evening appointments available.