Mental Health Program Descriptions - Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center


Mental Health Program Descriptions

Outpatient Services

Outpatient services are provided at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center and at community based out-patient clinics (CBOC)or Veteran's Centers conveniently located throughout the surrounding area, visit our CBOC Locations.

Inpatient Services

There are occasions when treatment requires more intensive management than what could be provided through the out-patient clinics. Wilkes-Barre meets that need through provision of intensive Mental Health and/or Behavioral Services in their state of the art in-patient unit. The Veteran's needs are fully assessed on admission to ensure that any physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or social need is identified and addressed.   Families are encouraged to become involved and to become active participants in helping to identify and work toward resolving problematic issues during the Veteran's stay.

Psychological Assessment

Staff Psychologists conduct detailed mental health assessments to determine the type and severity of mental health problem the Veteran is experiencing.  This information is used to create a treatment plan to address the Veteran's specific needs based upon their abilities.

Treatment Planning

Staff psychologists provide evidence-based treatments, on a time-limited basis, for a variety of mental health issues. Treatment is coordinate with other services that the Veteran may be receiving. Family involvement is welcomed and encouraged to support the Veteran in reaching their recovery goals.

Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP)

The SARRTP unit is a 10 bed in-patient residence unit with a day treatment program.  The program offers eligible Veterans the opportunity to learn how to stay clean and sober, with an emphasis on changing behavior and lifestyle in order to promote abstinence.  In this way, the Veteran is better prepared for a lifestyle based on continuing recovery.  The Staff of SARRTP encourages the Veteran to meet their own personal recovery goals, as well as their goals to improve the quality of their lives and relationships (Length of stay is 21 days). Contact: Leonard McNabb, LCSW (570) 824-3521 or toll-free 877-928-2621 (x24368) for more information.

Program of Treatment involves a complete bio-psycho-social assessment, recreational activities, group therapy, and educational classes address the various aspects of addiction. When the program is completed the Veteran will have developed their own personal plan of recovery based upon their own unique needs. An additional opportunity is available to work with a vocational counselor.


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 Mental Health Consultant.



Contact Info


  • Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
    Mental Health Clinic

Contact Number(s)

  • 570-824-3521 Ext. 27737
  • 877-928-2621 Ext. 27737

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm