New VA mental health clinic opens in Detroit

Outpatient Mental Health Clinic for Veterans opens Thursday


DETROIT – A new 32,000 square foot mental health clinic for Veterans is set to open in Detroit.

The Detroit VA Healthcare System will cut the ribbon on its new state-of-the-art Outpatient Mental Health Clinic on Thursday.

The $3.6 million facility was built to better serve the needs of nearly 330,000 Veterans in Southeast Michigan.

The clinic will help Veterans suffering from poor mental health , PTSD, substance abuse and aid in psychosocial rehabilitation.

"One of the largest mental health outpatient clinics in Michigan, the Detroit VA has more than 60 mental health staff and a strong academic training program to support the various needs of our Veterans," said Dr. Bella Schanzer, Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health for the medical center. "We are so fortunate to have been provided the funding to build this center to meet the needs of our area Veterans" The clinic was designed utilizing soft colors, comfortable waiting areas and architecture intended to control sound and promote health and healing.

"Every aspect of this new clinic was built with the Veteran and his or her particular needs in mind," said Schanzer. "Mental health treatment is so unique and we attempted to make this clinic a place like no other in the medical center."

All outpatient mental services will be be located in the new seven story clinic. The Detroit VA expects to treat nearly 25,000 visitors in the clinic this year.

"This clinic is so crucial for this area," Schanzer. "Almost all service members will have reactions after returning from deployment. These behaviors and feelings are normal, especially during the first weeks at home. The key is treatment and timing. We must be able to provide them."

The new clinic is located on 4646 John R Street in Detroit.

Helpful resources:

VA's Veteran Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255, press 1 

Confidential chat available at www.veterancrisisline.net or text message #838255 

Coaching into Care support program for those who are caring for a Veteran: 888-823-7458 

More information on all of these programs is available at http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/