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VA Boston Healthcare 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.

Our mission is to help veterans with their emotional and mental healthMan with his head resting on folded hands under his chin difficulties. We offer the highest quality of mental health care backed by cutting-edge research, and we provide training to the next generation of health care professionals.

Mental Health Services Available

Mental health outpatient treatment is available to veterans with any mental health concern, such as:

 -alcohol and drug abuse
 -post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
 -depression or sadness
 -schizophrenia or manic depressive illness

Outpatient mental health treatment may consist of:

individual therapy
couples and family therapy
group therapy

In addition, specialized programs are available for returning veterans and for women veterans.

Inpatient care is available for veterans in need of intensive treatment.


Our residential/transitional programs provide temporary housing to veterans while offering treatments for a wide range of mental health concerns including substance abuse, as well as job training.

Veterans Coordinated Approach to Recovery and Employment (Veterans CARE) is a VA, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and City of Boston initiative to help Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) find and keep good jobs. 

Where We Are

Mental Health treatment is available at the Jamaica Plain, Brockton, and West Roxbury campuses as well as at community based outpatient clinics (CBOC) located in Lowell, Framingham and downtown Boston (Causeway Street). Veterans typically seek mental health treatment near their homes, however, veterans are welcome to seek treatment at any location.

How to Reach Us

Veterans in need of emergency assistance can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

During normal business hours, veterans can also be evaluated urgently at:

Jamaica Plain Urgent Care Clinic 857-364-5250
Brockton Urgent Care Clinic 774-826-2318
West Roxbury Emergency Department 857-203-5425 or 857-203-5426

For non-urgent matters, please call one of the following Mental Health numbers so that we may assist you:


Jamaica Plain: 857-364-5647
Brockton: 774-826-1778 or 774-826-2325
Causeway: 617-248-1071

Lowell: 978-671-9193

Routine outpatient mental health services are not available at the West Roxbury campus; however, you can access the Emergency Room at that location 24/7, and patients enrolled in Primary Care at that site can access our co-located Primary Care Behavioral Health team through a referral from their primary care provider.

Helpful Links:

Alcohol and drug abuse 
Depression and anxiety
schizophrenia, manic depressive illness and other serious mental illness 
Center for Returning Veterans  
Women Veterans  
Urgent and inpatient care 
Primary Care Behavioral Health Program 

It is our honor to serve you.


Contact Info


  • Jamaica Plain, Brockton

Contact Number(s)

  • 857-364-5647
  • 800-865-3384

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8 am - 4 pm