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Tomah VA Medical Center

 

Social Work

About the Program

Mission

Welcome to the Tomah VA Social Work Webpage!

The mission of VA Social Work is to eliminate psychosocial complications as significant barriers to healthcare interventions for veterans and families. This is accomplished by developing and maintaining integrated, quality programs in patient care, research, education and prevention.

Vision

In return for the investment of veterans’ trust and institutional support, VA Social Work will provide the foremost leadership in the psychosocial care of veterans and their families.

Values

VA social workers are committed to the psychosocial welfare of veterans and their families. We offer social work staff as our greatest resource. This is our commitment:

  • To place at the center of our concern the dignity and worth of the individual.
  • To incorporate into practice an understanding of the veteran within his or her family and sociocultural environment.
  • To value and respect the distinctive role and expertise of each member of the multidisciplinary team.
  • To identify gaps in services/resources and to advocate for systems changes that are responsive to veterans’ changing needs.
  • To create within the discipline a learning environment that fosters new knowledge, enhances clinical social work practice and promotes administrative excellence.
  • To be ethical in fulfilling our responsibilities.
  • To be conscientious stewards of institutional and community resources essential to our mission.

Advance Directives

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Community Resources

Aging and Disability Resource Centers/Aging Resources

The Wisconsin Aging and Disability Resource Center are service centers where individuals, concerned families or friends, or professionals working with issues related to aging, physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental health issues, or substance use disorders, can receive information specifically tailored to each person's situation.

The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the US Administration on Aging. They connect older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. You can find services via this web site or by calling 1-800-677-1116 (M-F 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST). They are able to offer full language line service.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) is the umbrella organization for the 655 area agencies on aging and more than 230 Title VI Native American aging programs in the United States. The mission is to provide services that make it possible for older individuals to remain in their home. They coordinate and support a wide range of home and community based services including information and referral, home delivered meals and congregate meal sites, transportation, employment services, senior center, adult day care and a long term care ombudsman program.

Wisconsin Aging and Long Term Care Resources offers a wealth of resources and education regarding aging and long term care for patients, family members, and professionals. Click here to locate county/tribal aging offices. 

Assisted Living

Wisconsin Assisted Living Facilities are for persons who need some level of care monitoring services but choose to live in a setting without 24-hour access to nursing services. Choosing an Assisted Living Facility is an excellent guide to selecting an appropriate facility.

Assisted Living Facilities & Programs in Wisconsin

Caregiver Support Programs

The Wisconsin Family Caregiver Support Program offers information, support and resources to help caregivers better care for their loved ones and themselves. Located in every county and tribe in Wisconsin, the Family Caregiver Support Program helps caregivers find solutions to their caregiving dilemmas. Whether arranging for services (e.g., respite care, transportation, etc) or helping families understand their options for care, the Family Caregiver Support Program gives caregivers access to the information and services that can help them in the often rewarding sometimes challenging role of caregiver.

The program provides help to family members, neighbors, and friends who care for:

  • persons age 60 and older, or
  • persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders regardless of age

The program also assists grandparents or relative caregivers 55 years of age and older who:

  • care for children under age 19, or
  • care for a relative with a disability who is 19 to 59 years of age

The Respite Care Association of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit agency serving as the central point of contact for Lifespan Respite Care Programs across the state. There are currently five programs serving seven Wisconsin counties:

  • Ashland
  • Bayfield
  • Chippewa
  • Dodge
  • Eau Claire
  • Fond du Lac
  • Washington

The UW–Extension Family Caregiving Program offers caregiving resources such as caregiving education and listings of county of end-of-life coalitions, dementia networks and caregiver coalitions or alliances. 

Wisconsin Caregiver Coalitions  Coalitions currently exist for the following counties: Ashland/Bayfield, Chippewa, Dane, Iron, Lafayette, Milwaukee and Winnebago. Includes information on other community collaborations.

Child Abuse and Neglect

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families is committed to protecting children, strengthening families, and building communities. Reports of alleged child abuse or neglect should be made to the county where the child or the child’s family resides or reports can also be made to local law enforcement offices. To locate local county child protection service offices click here.

Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin builds community resources, provides training and public awareness, and carries out advocacy activities in order to strengthen child abuse prevention efforts in Wisconsin. To locate parenting tips click here.

County Veteran Service Offices

The National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO) will actively promote the rights of veterans and dependents of the US through a progressive legislative platform. They work collaboratively with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other nationally chartered veteran’s organizations to assure that veteran’s and their dependents received the entitlements they deserve for the sacrifices they endured.

The County Veteran Service Officers Association of Wisconsin (CVSOA) is an organization of professional veteran’s advocated. In Wisconsin the CVSO plays a critical role in the veteran’s advocacy system and is often the initial contact in the community for veteran’s service. For forms including admission to WI Veterans Homes, grants, loans, and burial & Memorial Benefits click here.

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is able to assist veterans and their dependents and survivors in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to under the laws of the US, and the State of IL or any other governmental agency. To find your local CVSO click here.

The Minnesota Association of County Veteran Service Offices is a nonprofit educational and professional organization through which Minnesota’s Veterans Service Officers help each other to do a better job of advocacy and claims work for veterans. To find your local CVSO click here.

Disability Resources

Disability Rights Wisconsin (formerly WI Coalition for Advocacy) 
1-800-928-8778 or 608-267-0214
TTY 1-888-758-6049

Domestic Violence

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH offers crisis intervention, information about domestic violence and referrals to local service providers to victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf. They also provide informational materials on a variety of topics. The toll free phone number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of battered women and their children. They offer on the web site examples of safety planning and personal safety plan worksheets.

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a statewide membership organization. The mission is to eliminate domestic violence by changing societal attitudes, practices, and policies about women from diverse groups, their children and violence through education advocacy and social action. They have a county/tribal search feature to find local domestic violence programs.

The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides local services to the victims of domestic violence including crisis telephone counseling, temporary shelter for the victim and their children. They assist with professional counseling, obtaining community resources and the like.

Elder Law Services

Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups is a provider of legal services and resources for seniors, including government benefit specialists, help for victims of financial abuse, a prescriptive drug hotline, and a guardianship support center.

Wisconsin State Law Library-Elder Law provides information, education and resources regarding issues that may impact seniors, their caregivers, and individuals that serve this population.

Elected Officials information

Click here to locate a listing of Wisconsin's elected officials.

Food Stamps

In Wisconsin the purpose of FoodShare Wisconsin (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is to end hunger and improve nutrition and health. It helps low-income households buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. In Wisconsin, local welfare offices operate the program, and the Federal Government oversees the State operation of the program. The program is in operation in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam and the U. S. Virgin Islands. This site offers eligibility requirements, where to apply and forms & publications.

Former Prisoners of War Advocate

The VA Great Lakes Healthcare System has dedicated staff serving our former POWs. More information is available at the Former Prisoners of War page or by contacting the Tomah VAMC’s FPOW Advocate, Tom Muench at (608) 372-3971 Ext. 64221. You can also visit the VA Compensation website.

Funeral/Cemetery Services (Affordable)

Under the Wisconsin Funeral and Cemetery Aids Program, certain public assistance recipients may be eligible to have their cemetery and funeral expenses paid for by their local county or tribal agency if the recipient's estate does not have sufficient resources to cover these costs. (Wis. Stats. 49.785)

Gulf War Veteran Information and Eligibility

VA provides information about Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses for veterans who served in the Gulf War and may have an illness related to Gulf War service. This includes health care benefits for illnesses associated with Gulf War Service and disability compensation for illnesses associated with Gulf War Service. The Environmental Agents Service publishes the Gulf War Review newsletters, providing information especially for veterans who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Health and Human Services

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Servicesprovides information regarding, child/youth services, consumer guides, e-health initiative, health care benefits programs, long-term care services, mental health services, nutrition and hunger relief programs, services for people with disabilities, services and information for the elderly, substance abuse services, public health information, and vital records.

Homeless Assistance Resources

The Veterans Assistance Program (VAP) helps homeless veterans and those at-risk of becoming homeless receive the job training, education, counseling and rehabilitative services (such as alcohol and drug abuse treatment) they need to obtain steady employment, affordable housing and the skills to sustain a productive lifestyle. The program also helps prevent homelessness by providing job training and referrals to unemployed or underemployed veterans who otherwise might end up living on the streets.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides a list of HUD Housing Counseling Agencies and home ownership assistance programs in Wisconsin.

The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Resource Center helps consumers who are interested in buying a home, qualifying for a loan, FHA loans, down payment assistance and HUD homes.

For additional homeless resources visit our Homeless Assistance Resources page.

Home Health Agencies

Home Health Agencies are state licensed and may provide skilled nursing, rehabilitation services, and personal care to individuals in their current place of residence. Services can include skilled nursing care, specific medical assistance, such as intravenous (IV) therapy or at-home wound care, PT/OT, and home health aides to provide assistance with daily living. Home health services may be reimbursable through Medicare and Medicaid programs. Reimbursable services are limited and must be prescribed by a physician. Medicare certifies only agencies that offer skilled services. Personal care services may be covered if skilled nursing services are also being provided. To find an agency in WI go to Senior Resources. To find an agency certified by Medicare in any State click here

Homestead Tax Credit

In Wisconsin, the Homestead Tax Credit Program is designed to soften the impact of property taxes and rent on persons with lower incomes. The benefit available may take the form of an income tax credit or a direct refund. The credit is based on the relationship of your household income to the amount of your allowable property taxes and/or rent for the calendar year. This web site will provide the eligibility requirements and the ability to download the forms needed to file.

Incarcerated Veterans

Incarcerated veterans and their families can learn about programs and resources available to them through A Guidebook for Incarcerated Veterans in Wisconsin.

Job Search Resources/Career Transition & Employment

JobNet provides information and links about Federal and State employment that includes Veterans Employment Information, the Federal Government Job Bank and the Job Center of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Job Opportunities offers hundreds of different job types in dozens of different career fields in locations throughout the State; from nursing positions at one of our Homes, to curators at our Veterans Museum, to one of our funeral honor guards.

Each year the Wisconsin Technical Colleges (WTCS) serves one in nine Wisconsin adults, or roughly 460,000 each year with a variety of educational options, primarily degree and certificate programs for career-minded students, but also customized training to meet the needs of business and industry. Technical college training is primarily hands-on, with students applying knowledge for a specific occupation or process.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's (DWD) primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

The Department of Workforce Development offers employment offers the following programs/information:

Hire Vets First is a comprehensive career website for hiring veterans of America's military. Whether you're a manager, human resources specialist, or veteran, you'll find the resources you need for matching employment opportunities with veterans. 

Legal Assistance

The Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups has been a provider of legal services and resources to citizens 60 years and older with special emphasis on the frail and vulnerable elderly in need of long term care. For more information, call 1-800-488-2596.

Wisconsin Dept of Justice Victim Witness Program  To get a listing of the victim witness programs throughout the State of Wisconsin click here.

Legal Explorer offers legal information and educational resources throughout the State of Wisconsin.

Legal Action of Wisconsin exists to provide creative and effective legal representation in order to achieve justice for low-income people and others to whom it would otherwise be denied.

Meal Alternative Programs

MealCall.org

Mental Health Resources and Support

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. They are the families, friends and individuals that serve to strengthen communities across the country. You can find your local NAMI online or call the Information Helpline at (800) 950-NAMI open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern time.

Minority Veterans Programs

For more information, please visit the Minority Veterans Program page.

Other Government Benefit Resources

GovBenefits.gov is a partnership of Federal agencies with a shared vision   to provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs. GovBenefits.gov is an effort to provide citizens with easy online access to government benefit and assistance programs.

GovLoans.gov is your gateway to government loan information. It directs you to the loan information that best meets your needs.

Social Security Administration

Did you know that you can apply for disability benefits onlinerequest a new or replacement Social Security Card, or apply for retirement benefits online on the official website of the Social Security Administration? A user can also learn about survivor's benefits, request a Social Security Earnings Statement and find the nearest Social Security office.

The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) helps you find out if you could get benefits that Social Security administers. Based on your answers to questions, this tool will list benefits for which you might be eligible and tell you more information about how to qualify and apply.

State Veteran Homes

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has residential programs for veterans at the Veterans Home at King and the Veterans Home at Union Grove. Eligibility and residency requirements as well as an application for admission are also available online. To arrange for a pre-admission tour contact:

  • Veterans Home at King at (715) 258-5586 ext. 2316
  • Veterans Home at Union Grove at (262) 878-6700 ext. 6749

Veteran Center Information

Vet Centers provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life. Vet Center services have also been extended to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and subsequent operations within the Global War on Terrorism. The family members of all veterans listed above are eligible for Vet Center services as well. 

Women Veterans Health Information

Women Veterans Health Care is a high priority for the Veterans Administration. Women's Health Clinics (WHC) provides comprehensive primary health care that includes gender-specific care at Tomah VAMC and at the LaCrosse Community Based Outpatient Center (CBOC). A WHC is also opening at the new Wausau CBOC in the near future. To ensure that eligible women veterans receive services, there is a Women Veterans Program Manager available to assist eligible women veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to medical services to Mental Health and Sexual Abuse Counseling. Women veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) provides valuable cancer-related information of all kinds. The NCI offers consumer-oriented information on a wide range of topics as well as comprehensive descriptions of our research programs and clinical trials. NCI's FactSheet on Screening Mammograms is an excellent resource with current information on detection of breast cancer.

The National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) has helped women to be informed health care consumers. NWHRC is a nonprofit organization that delivers quality health information to women on more than 100 topics, including the latest medical advancements in each field. The Center has developed a Cervical Cancer Prevention Guide with information on "Pap" smears and Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a virus known to cause cervical cancer. Since the discovery of HPV, we are now able to to test for the virus that causes cervical cancer and to vaccinate against this same virus.

Wisconsin Women Veterans

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) provides advocacy for women veterans; encouraging and supporting recognition of women veterans' contributions to Wisconsin and the nation; providing outreach for women veterans' programs and issues and uniting Wisconsin women veterans so their voices may be heard. Click here for current events. To register to be added to their mailing list, click here for a copy of the form. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this form. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded at no cost from Adobe.

For more information, contact Gundel Metz the WDVA coordinator for women veterans' issues.

Pending Resources

  • Dental Resources
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect
  • Housing Authority
  • Life line/life alert services
  • Transportation resources
  • Wisconsin Veterans Information
  • 2-1-1 information and referral services (http://211wisconsin.org/)

Contact Info

Location

  • Tomah VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 608-372-3971
  • 800-872-8662

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm