Fayetteville VA Medical Center to cut ribbon on temporary mental health modular unit, Dec. 17, - Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
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Fayetteville VA Medical Center to cut ribbon on temporary mental health modular unit, Dec. 17,

December 12, 2014

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Fayetteville VA Medical Center to cut ribbon on temporary mental health modular unit, Dec. 17,


What:                  Fayetteville VA Medical Center will host a ribbon-cutting event for our 10,000 square foot modular building that nearly doubles the workspace available for Mental Health services to area Veterans.  This facility provides more space to place current providers along with space to place providers we hope to recruit in the future. In addition, as a result of the increased workspace, mental health program managers can continue to convert the department into Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program teams or BHIPs.  MH providers say the BHIP concept radically changes the way they do business. Veterans will get to be known by a multidisciplinary team, and most of their mental health needs will be met in one place.


Who:                   Fayetteville VAMC Director Elizabeth Goolsby, with special remarks by Rep. David Price (D, NC, 4th District)

When:                 Dec. 17, 2 p.m.


Where:                Fayetteville VAMC Medical Center, 2300 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC, 28301


Contacts:            Jeffery Melvin, public affairs officer, Fayetteville VAMC, email: Jeffery.Melvin2@va.gov or (910) 488-2120 Ext. 5991.


Background:      In its effort to expand its reach to those who need VA’s services the most, VA is devoting more people, programs, and resources toward mental health services to serve the growing number of Veterans seeking mental health care. VA has expanded access, with longer clinic hours, telemental heath capability to deliver services, and standards that mandate rapid access to mental health services. The number of veterans receiving specialized mental health treatment from the VA has increased each year -- from 927,000 in 2006 to more than 1.4 million in 2013.  Acutely aware of this increasing demand Fayetteville VAMC is using U.S. Congressional-directed appropriations to increase Mental Health (MH) services for our expanding population. This 10,000 sq. ft. facility will soon be supplemented with a 5,000 sq. ft. modular building, effectively doubling the medical center’s mental health capacity. 

“VA is committed to providing timely, high-quality care that our veterans earned and deserve and we continue to take every available action and create new opportunities to improve and enhance mental health services,” said Elizabeth Goolsby, Director, Fayetteville VA Medical Center.  We are absolutely committed to ensuring the safety of our veterans, especially when they are in crisis.”

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Media interested in attending mental health modular building ribbon cutting, should contact Jeff Melvin of the Fayetteville VAMC Public Affairs Office at jeffery.melvin2@va.gov by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 16.