Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System
(203) 932-5711; Crisis Line (800) 273-8255
Organization: The Connecticut branch of the Federal U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health system, which offers a range of primary and specialty care. The mental health services are affiliated with the Yale Department of Psychiatry.
Serving: Eligible U.S. veterans. Eligibility established by calling (203) 932-5711, ext. 3328
Age range: 18 years or older
Locations: West Haven, Newington, community-based outpatient clinics in New Britain, Winstead, Stamford, Danbury, Waterbury and Willimantic
Services and Programs
Court Diversion / Prison Re-Entry
(203) 932-5711 ext. 1379 / 1380
Assists veteran clients in the criminal courts and in jails and prisons. Veteran Justice Outreach and Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans are VA national programs that seek to avoid unnecessary criminalization and extended incarceration. Staff focus on improving access to VA mental health, substance abuse and housing services.
Errera Community Care Center
(203) 932-5711 ext. 8000
Provides community-based rehabilitation, including crisis intervention, vocational programs, housing programs (ranging from subsidized to non-subsidized, supported to non-supported), homeless outreach and advocacy, case management, and wellness activities.
(203) 932-5711 ext. 2268
Provides outpatient assessment and management of older adults with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, neurocognitive disorders with and without complex behavioral concerns, and other psychiatric disorders of late life. The clinic emphasizes patient- and family-centered mental health care utilizing an interprofessional team-based approach.
(203) 932-5711 ext. 4481
Provides multidisciplinary care on the West Haven campus for veterans in the state of Connecticut. The service has close links with the Emergency Room and discharges patients to a range of settings throughout Connecticut, including residential programs for the treatment of substance abuse.
Neuropsychiatry Outpatient Clinic
(203) 932-5711 ext. 2570
Offers group therapy, individual therapy, and medication management to patients with psychotic, affective and personality disorders. Specialty clinics include rTMS and ketamine for refractory depression. The service has an extensive research program focused on these treatments.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Outpatient Clinic
(203) 932-5711 ext. 2570
Provides services to patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. The clinical program is one of the most comprehensive in the country with outpatient and specialized dual diagnosis clinics. Treatments include psychopharmacology and psychological interventions, such as prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP)
(203) 932-5711 ext. 2264
A 6-bed program that provides individual evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD to veterans residing in a sober therapeutic milieu. The program curriculum includes group-based therapy and coping skills training, peer support services, a focus on health and wellness, psychoeducation, medication management, recreational/in vivo outings, complementary therapies, case management and family-oriented treatment.
Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI)
(203) 932-5711 ext. 7260
Provides co-located, collaborative mental health care to patients served by VA primary care clinics. Considered an integral component of primary care at the VA, the PCMHI services include same-day evaluation by psychology and/or psychiatry, nurse care management, brief episodes of mental health treatment with referral to specialty care when needed, and close collaboration with colleagues in primary care.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Residential Treatment Program (PRRTP)
(203) 932-5711 ext. 2180
The PRRTP or “Next Steps” is a 21-day residential program designed to assist homeless or at-risk for homeless veterans with substance use and/or mental health needs. While enrolled in “Next Steps” veterans attend daily intensive outpatient programming at the Errera Community Care Center and receive on-site case management support for housing and other needs.
Outpatient Addiction Recovery Services (OARS)
(203) 932-5711 ext. 3887
Provides a range of treatments to veterans with substance use problems, including outpatient clinic services, office-based opioid substitution, methadone maintenance, crisis stabilization with access to residential services and intensive outpatient treatment. Services are provided in-person, by phone or by video telehealth.
Substance Abuse Day Program (SADP)
SADP is an intensive outpatient program for the treatment of addictive disorders. Treatment is primarily group psychotherapy. The service provides evidence-based treatment including cognitive behavioral coping skills, motivational enhancement, 12-step facilitation and acceptance commitment therapy.
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