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Mental Health

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VA Residential Programs

The VA Palo Alto Healthcare System has several Residential Treatment programs available. Many of these programs are located on the Menlo Park Campus at the Domiciliary.

See the list below and follow the links for more information:

  • Men's Trauma Recovery (MTRP)

  • Women's Trauma Recovery (WTRP)

  • Addiction Treatment Services

  • FOR

  • First Step

  • Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program (HVRP)

  • Transitional Residence Program (CWT/TR)

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that individuals can develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. Veterans diagnosed with PTSD from their time in service can be compensated. There are four general types of PTSD symptoms, but they may not be exactly the same for everyone. Each person experiences symptoms in their own way.

Reliving the event

Avoiding situations that remind you of the event

Having more negative beliefs and feelings

Feeling "keyed up"

Capitola Vet Center

The Vet Center Program was established by Congress in 1979 out of recognition that a significant number of Vietnam era vets were still experiencing readjustment problems.

The goal of the Vet Center program is to 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 Centers are also authorized to furnish bereavement counseling services to surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty.

Links to PTSD adn Dementia

Studies have shown those suffering from PTSD may be at greater risk of also developing dementia. to read more about these studies linking these conditions, please use the links below.

TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that may happen from a blow or jolt to the head or an object penetrating the brain. When the brain is injured, the person can experience a change in consciousness that can range from becoming disoriented and confused to slipping into a coma.

TBI frequently occurs in combination with other disabling conditions such as amputation, burns, auditory/visual damage, spinal cord injury, PTSD, and other medical conditions. The combination of severe injuries to more than one organ is referred to as polytrauma. ‍

The Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is one of 5 facilities in the country designed to provide intensive rehabilitative care to Veterans and Servicemembers who experienced severe injuries (including brain injuries) to more than one organ system. Palo Alto also houses a Polytrauma Network Site (PNS)- one of 23 facilities designed to provide long-term rehabilitative care designed to provide long-term rehabilitative care.

Links to TBI and Dementia

Studies have shown those suffering from TBI may be at greater risk of also developing dementia, even up to 30 years after the event. To read more about these studies linking these conditions, please use the links below.

Other Mental Health Conditions

The VA Mental Health Services can treat any eligible veteran for any type of Mental Health condition. Follow the links below for more information on VA Palo Alto Mental Health services.

Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders

The coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder is referred to as co-occurring disorders. There are several treatment options available to those with co-occurring disorders. Follow the links below for more information.


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SSVF Grants

Provide deposit and rent assistance to eligible homeless or at risk of homelessness veterans. Grants are issued through the Veterans Resource Center and the Homeless Services Center.

Emergency Housing (HCHV 90-Day Program)

The Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program has a 90-day emergency housing program for eligible homeless veterans. During their stay, veterans learn to access VA resources are helped in transitioning into permanent housing.

Grant and Per Diem (Transitional Housing- Up to 2 years)

The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program offers up to 2 years of transitional housing resources to homeless and at risk of being homeless veterans and their families.


The HUD-VASH Program is a partnership between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and many local Public Housing Authorities (PHA). The program combines the Housing Choice Voucher providing rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the VA. The Housing Choice Voucher can be used at the the rental of their choosing.

Horse Healing

Join-Up International, is a California non-profit organization founded by world-renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts.

Join-Up is dedicated to promoting gentle, effective alternatives to violence and force in both equine and human relationships.

Monty’s unique and gentle method of using the horse’s own language to achieve breakthrough results is revolutionary, but not magical. Communication is a gift we all have; it can be practiced and developed.

Service Dogs

A service dog is a dog trained to do specific tasks for a person that he or she cannot do because of a disability.

Service dogs can pick things up, guide a person with vision problems, or help someone who falls or loses balance easily. For example, a service dog can help a blind person walk down the street or get dangerous things out of the way when someone is having a seizure.

Breathing & PTSD

PTSD is a condition that develops as a result of exposure to a highly stressful experience. The purpose of the Power Breath Technique is to determine whether a breathing meditation technique (Sudarshan Kriya Yoga; SKY) provides a treatment benefit that is as effective as the standard psychotherapy (Cognitive Processing Therapy – CPT-C).

Participants' PTSD symptoms will be assessed before treatment, at the end of treatment, one month after treatment and 12 months after treatment.

Medicare & Mental Health Benefits

Medicare covers mental health care services to help people with conditions like depression, anxiety, and alcohol use. For most mental health services like counseling or psychotherapy, you p ay 20% of the Medicare approved amount after the Part B deductible is met.

Follow the links below for more information.

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