Mental Health - Tomah VA Medical Center
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Tomah VA Medical Center

 

Mental Health

If you qualify for VA health care, you can get high-quality mental health services as part of your benefits. You may also be able to get care for certain mental health problems even if you don't have VA health care.

The Tomah VA offers a range of treatments and services to improve the mental health of Veterans. Exercise, good nutrition, good overall physical health, and enjoyable social activities are linked to positive mental health. Some VAs offer help for coping with stress, such as relaxation exercises. Please click this link to take a virtual tour of the Tomah VA Medical Center.

Other Mental Health Clinic Locations:

Clark County (Owen): (608) 372-3971 x63700
River Valley (La Crosse): (608) 372-3971 x63300
Wisconsin Rapids: (608) 372-3971 x63561
Wausau: (608) 372-3971 x63461

For Veterans with serious mental illness, VA offers care tailored to help with their specific problem and to promote recovery. Serious mental illnesses can include schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorders (drugs or alcohol or illegal substances). These problems are usually treated with medications and individual or group psychotherapy (talk therapy). Programs that provide peer support are also very important. Treatments and services for these disorders are provided in a variety of settings. The next sections describe the types of treatment settings within VA and the types of treatments for specific mental illnesses provided by VA.

Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs provide a 24/7 therapeutic setting for Veterans suffering from mental illness, substance use disorders, and severe psychosocial problems (homelessness, unemployment, etc). RRTPs help Veterans work on improving their quality of life, maintaining their health, and participating in their communities. They also offer treatment for mental illness, including PTSD and substance use disorders.

These programs combine peer and professional support and emphasize psychosocial rehabilitation services that increase a Veteran’s personal responsibility to become as independent as possible. MH RRTPs provide residential rehabilitative and clinical care to eligible Veterans who have a wide range of problems, illnesses, or rehabilitative care needs. These can include mental health, substance use disorder, co-morbid medical, homelessness, vocational, educational, or social needs. MH RRTP includes the following models:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program

This program provides residential treatment for Veterans who meet the diagnostic criteria for combat related PTSD, or have a significant combat trauma-related readjustment problem. PTSD-RRTPs provide a 24/7 structured and supportive residential environment as a part of PTSD rehabilitative treatment.

Download and view the program brochure.

Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program

This program provides residential treatment to Veterans who are experiencing addiction problems in the areas of substance abuse or a combination of substance abuse and mental health disorders. SARRTP provide a 24/7 structured and supportive residential environment as a part of substance use disorder rehabilitative treatment.

Download and view the program brochure.

Compensated Work Therapy-Transitional Residence

This program is designed for Veterans whose rehabilitative focus is based on employment and transitioning to successful independent community living. Ongoing support is provided for diagnosis-specific conditions. The CWT/TR is designed for specific populations (Homeless, Seriously Mentally Ill, Substance Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.)

Download and view the program brochure.

Therapeutic and Supported Employment Services Programs

  • Transitional Work Experience offers assignments in businesses that help Veterans function in the work environment and reintegrate into the community.
  • Supported Employment provides job support services to help Veterans get and keep jobs. These services are provided in the community, rather than in mental health treatment or rehabilitation settings.
  • Incentive Therapy is a pre-vocational program for Veterans to perform work at VA Medical Centers.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services

These services focus on improving functioning and enabling Veterans to lead full and meaningful lives in the community of their choice. Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers (PRRCs) for eligible Veterans provide:

  • Family education programs
  • Social skills training for Veterans with serious mental illnesses. These skills help the Veteran relate to others, improve health, and function better at work and home.
  • Education groups
  • Illness management and recovery groups
  • Wellness programs that explain the benefits of healthy living (regular exercise, nutritious diet, avoiding smoking/drugs/alcohol, etc.)
  • Peer support services (help from other Veterans with mental illness who can share their experience, strength, and hope)

Download and view the program brochure.

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 consultant.

Contact Info

Location

  • Mental Health Offices
    Bldg 403

Contact Number(s)

  • 608-372-3971 Ext. 61234
  • 800-872-8662

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm