Mental Health - Columbia VA Health Care System
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Columbia VA Health Care System


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.

Columbia VA Health Care System has mental health services integrated throughout the hospital system so it is part of the Veteran’s entire healthcare package.

Two clinics, Primary Care and General Mental Health Outpatient, are the central settings for mental health services. However, Veterans may choose to participate in services in other specialty clinics depending on their mental health recovery goals.

Providers within either Primary Care or Mental Health Outpatient clinics can help the Veteran determine, based on their goals, which mental health services will be the most helpful. 

For more information about the VA’s mental health care services, visit

Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMH-I)

Veterans have the option to engage in mental health services within their primary care clinic. Mental health providers are co-located in each primary care office in order to be more accessible to the Veteran and provide services quickly. Veterans can choose from a variety of service options including brief skills building classes, psycho-educational groups, and brief individual therapy (1-8 sessions). Mental health recovery goals within PCMH-I are to decrease distress (such as grief, depression, anxiety, anger, pain), improve relationships, increase enjoyment in life, empower Veterans, and to learn more about common mental health difficulties.

Location: Building 100A   Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

General Mental Health Outpatient Clinic

The general mental health outpatient clinic has a variety of mental health staff and a broader range of services for the Veteran to choose from based on their needs and goals. Veterans seeking to engage in services in the general outpatient mental health clinic will also have access to both short term and more intensive, long term services than are available in PCMH-I. Mental health providers in the outpatient clinic can help address a broad range of problems such as chronic depression, anxiety, relationship problems, etc. Veterans can choose from a variety of services including medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, skills building courses, and psycho-educational groups.  In addition, providers in the general mental health outpatient clinic help Veterans work directly with the specialty clinics listed below.

Location: Building 106   Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Specialty Mental Health Services

For Veterans with a variety of mental health needs there are specialty services for specific diagnoses or problem areas.    

Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC)

The PRRC promotes community engagement, provides skills building courses, and provides hope via peer support for Veterans with mental health problems as they work to meet their recovery goals.  

Location: Building 106   Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program (MHICM)

A team of mental health providers (registered nurses, social worker, psychiatrist, and other disciplines) assist Veterans living successfully at home and in the community while managing and coping with complex mental health problems. 

Location: Building 106   Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; On-call schedule available for evenings and weekends 

PTSD Clinical Team

The PCT Program assists Veterans seeking to address symptoms they are currently experiencing related to a diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans can choose from a variety of individual or group intensive, outpatient weekly treatments that focus on decreasing the frequency and intensity of their symptoms. These treatments offer the ability to focus on trauma processing, cognitive skills, behavioral skills, and/or exposure, as well as treatment to address substance use. 

Location: Building 106    Hours of Operation: Monday and Wednesday 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP)

The substance abuse treatment program provides a variety of services for Veterans struggling with problems related to substance use and addiction. Veterans can choose from a variety of services including outpatient medical detoxification, education about addiction, skills building courses, and couples/family therapy. 

Location: Building 106   Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Recovery East Inpatient Unit

Recovery East is a short-term inpatient mental health unit with the primary mission of providing crisis intervention and stabilization. Staff on Recovery East assist Veterans in beginning, or returning to, their mental health recovery process through multiple therapeutic methods including medication options and coping skills groups. 

Location: Building 106 

Additional Mental Health Services

Peer Support

Peer Support Specialists are found throughout different programs in the mental health service line. Peer support specialists are members of the treatment team who are Veterans in recovery from a mental health problem with specialized training to help fellow Veterans.  They serve as recovery role models, teach coping skills, help with goal setting, and inspire hope.  

Suicide Prevention Services

The VA program for Suicide Prevention utilizes current evidence-based strategies to assess the risk of suicide and intervene to ensure the safety of the Veteran. In addition, Suicide Prevention Coordinators’ role is to ensure ready access to high quality Medical and Mental Health Services to reduce future risk of suicide. Suicide Prevention Coordinators manage the national high risk for suicide patient record flag, respond to Veterans Crisis Line consults, provide outreach and training within the VA and community, provide consultation to providers, and conduct the Transitions “High Risk” Coping Skills Groups for General Outpatient Mental Health.

Contact Info


  • Building 106

Contact Number(s)

  • 803-776-4000 Ext. 6823/7183

Hours of Operation

  • Varies - see description under Health Care Services tab