If eligible for VA healthcare, your Veteran client can benefit in several ways. Benefits include direct mental health care or access to VA resources and services that can support the care he or she receives in the community. The first step is finding out if the Veteran you are working with is eligible. From there you can choose to refer or find additional resources that can support the care that you are providing (for example, group treatments, specialty care, housing resources).
Generally, if someone has served 24 consecutive months of active duty service in the military, naval, or air service and did not receive a dishonorable discharge, they may be eligible for VA Healthcare. In some cases their eligibility may be based on their income. There are some special conditions, such as:
Determining the eligibility status and possible co-payment information for a Veteran can be complicated. Because of this we strongly suggest encouraging your client to apply for enrollment even if you feel he or she may not be eligible.