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Mental Health Support

If you are in immediate crisis, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text to 838255, or chat online at

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Find Mental Health Support

Your mental health is a critical component to your overall wellness. If you are experiencing mental health challenges, or suspect a family member would benefit from talking to a mental health provider, VA offers ways to help. Veterans and their family members can connect with support through in-person appointments at local VA facilities, telehealth sessions, and online resources. Learn more about how you or someone you care about can find help, either in your local community or online.

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Mental Health Topics

From anxiety, to depression, to posttraumatic stress, there is a wide range of conditions that can affect your mental health. These pages will walk you through mental health conditions and other mental health topics, and outline programs and services that are in place to help. Explore self-help tools, or download a screening checklist to see if common symptoms apply to you or a loved one.

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Unsure Where to Begin?

Are you a Veteran looking for mental health support? Or a family member who wants to know more about the common signs of posttraumatic stress? Or a community provider currently treating a Veteran? Find the group you most identify with, then proceed to support and resources that are tailored for you.

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The Mental Health Service at VA Northern California Health Care System provides treatment* and consultation for a variety of issues that can impact emotional well-being. We offer outpatient mental health care at all VA Northern California Healthcare System locations, and inpatient psychiatric services in Sacramento and Fairfield. We conduct research and training to ensure state-of-the-art treatment. All services are recovery oriented; although the alleviation of symptoms is paramount to good mental health, the focus of services is assisting Veterans to live a meaningful life.

* It should be noted that our services are focused on treatment and we do not provide evaluations for compensation and pension or disability. If you need a C&P exam, please refer to the Compensation Website.

How to Access Care

In most cases, Veterans seeking mental health services should call the appointment line for the nearest outpatient mental health clinic to schedule an intake with a licensed mental health provider. (For Veterans closest to Mare Island or Fairfield Clinics, Mental Health intakes are scheduled by electronic consult request.) During the intake appointment, the Veteran and his or her provider will discuss mental health concerns and treatment options. Available treatments may include education and psychotherapy groups, psychiatric medication evaluation and management, individual psychotherapy, and peer support. If appropriate, Veterans will be considered for referral to one of our specialty programs, such as PTSD, Neuropsychology, or psychiatric inpatient care.


Outpatient Mental/Behavioral Health Clinics

Chico Mental Health Clinic
Mental Health Appointments:
(530) 879-5050
Address and Directions

Fairfield Mental Health Clinic
By consult request
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Mare Island Mental Health Clinic
By consult request
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Martinez Behavioral Health Clinic
Mental Health Appointments:
(925) 372-2105
Address and Directions

Mather Mental Health Clinic
Mental Health Appointments:
(916) 843-9460
Address and Directions

McClellan Mental Health Clinic
Mental Health Appointments:
(916) 561-7461
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Oakland Behavioral Health Clinic
Mental Health Appointments:
(510) 587-3400
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Redding Mental Health Clinic
Mental Health Appointments:
(530) 226-7675
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Yuba City Mental Health Clinic
Mental Health Appointments:
(530) 751-4560
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Yreka Outpatient Clinic
Mental Health Appointments:
(530) 841-8500
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Other Ways to Access Care

Veterans whose closest clinic is Martinez, Mather or Oakland, and who are seeking treatment for addictions or substance abuse, may attend a Foundations Group at one of those clinics. Martinez Foundations Group meets Mondays 9:30 - 10:30. Mather Foundations Group meets Monday through Friday 9 - 10am (Friday is a Step Study Group). Oakland Foundations Group meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 9am.

Providers in other VA clinical areas, such as primary care physicians, may request a mental health appointment for a Veteran by submitting an electronic consult request. This is required for Veterans to be scheduled an intake at the Mare Island and Fairfield Mental Health Clinics.

Mental health clinicians are stationed on a full or part-time basis within most VANCHCS primary care clinics, and they provide rapid triage and treatment for patients who, during a primary care visit, are found to require mental health care, but are unwilling, unable, and/or unlikely to complete referral to the mental health clinic.

Veterans experiencing a life threatening emergency should dial 911 for immediate medical or mental health attention. Veterans who are having thoughts of harming themselves should call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or visit the Veterans Crisis Line Website.


Mental health services are confidential. We will not talk to anyone outside of your VA healthcare team about information you share unless you give written consent. Under federal and state laws, a few exceptions to this rule exist. If you have questions, please ask your mental health provider.


Veterans who are interested in participating in any program, please refer to the “How to Access Care” section above. Program contacts are intended to assist professionals in the community with information and referrals and should not be used for making appointments or seeking services.

Addiction Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) Mental Health Intensive Case Management
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinical Team Peer Support
Inpatient Psychiatry Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center
Neuropsychology Service Suicide Prevention and REACH VET Program
Compensated Work Therapy  

Contact Info


  • Sacramento VAMC
    Martinez OPC
    Mare Island OPC

Contact Number(s)

  • 916-843-9460

Hours of Operation

  • Varies by location...