Mental Health - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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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.

About the Program

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center provides a full range of mental health care that includes diverse inpatient, outpatient, and community-based treatment programs. We recognize that each Veteran has unique mental health needs and programs are tailored to address personal care needs.

Mental health professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and clinical pharmacists provide:

  • High-quality assessments
  • Medication management
  • Individual, group, and family therapy services
  • Case management

We provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a wide variety of issues that can impact emotional well-being:

  • Depression, sadness, grief
  • Anxiety, worry, nervousness
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Emotions, managing anger, aggression
  • Self-harming thoughts or behaviors
  • Substance use issues
  • Confusion and memory problems
  • Family and relationship problems, transitioning home
  • Stress from medical problems or pain

If you think Mental Health would be helpful to you, please speak with your VA primary care physician or call 713-791-1414 ext. 28700 to get started.

For scheduling needs, established Veterans may contact the Appointment Center at 713-794-8700 or 800-639-5137.

For medication refills, Veterans may contact the Telecare Center at 713-794-8985.

The Mental Health Care Line main office can be reached at 713-794-7561.

Services Offered

  • Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255—press 1
  • Emergency Treatment
  • Acute Inpatient Services
  • General Mental Health Clinic (GMHC): Offers services including medication management, individual and group psychotherapy, couples and family counseling, psychological testing, case management, and peer support. Coordination to other sub-specialty mental health programs for substance use, trauma, supported employment, community reintegration, etc.
  • Bipolar and Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Clinic: A specialty clinic within the General Mental Health Clinic designed to assess and treat Veterans with psychotic-spectrum disorders. We help Veterans develop healthy thinking strategies, and improve other areas of their lives, such as social skills, memory, and depression. We provide group and individual therapy to treat psychosis and bipolar disorder, as well as medication management and case management services to help with recovery.
  • Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM): The MHICM Program serves Veterans with severe chronic mental illness. Staff meet with Veterans in the community, their homes, and in our offices. We help Veterans meet recovery goals, such as improving life through work, education, recreation, housing, skill building, and social relationships.
    Specialty Outpatient Mental Health Service (General Mental Health, PTSD Clinical Team)
  • Substance use services
  • Mental Health Intensive Case Management
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services (PRRCs): PRRCs are outpatient specialty mental health transitional learning centers. The focus is on helping Veterans who experience serious mental illness identify environments in which to live, work, learn, and socialize that are all based on their personal goals, needs, and preferences. 
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Veteran Justice Outreach Services
  • Suicide Prevention Services


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 provider.

Contact Info


  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

Contact Number(s)

  • 713-794-7561

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.