Mental health clinic for veterans opens in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – The Oceanside military community will soon have a new resource with the opening of a Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) mental health clinic.

The purpose of the clinic is to meet the growing mental health needs of post-9/11 veterans, active duty members and military families. This will be the second Cohen Clinic in the state, with the San Diego clinic having opened in 2019.

CVN’s partner for these clinics is Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), which is its current partner at the Cohen Clinic of San Diego, located in Mission Valley. Each year, VVSD provides services to more than 3,000 military veterans throughout San Diego County.

These clinics provide brief, client-centered therapy for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, adjustment issues, anger, grief and loss, family issues, transition challenges, relationship issues, and child behavior issues.

More than 33,000 post-9/11 veterans, nearly 40,000 active duty members, and more than 31,000 military family members will be eligible for care at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Oceanside, according to a Cohen statement. Veterans Network.

The Oceanside Clinic, which will be located at 3609 Ocean Ranch Blvd, Ste. 120, and is expected to start serving customers virtually in March.

The Patch reached out to Dr. Anthony Hassan, Chairman and CEO of CVN and Akilah Templeton, CEO of VVSD for more information about the new Oceanside Clinic.

Can you tell us more about the plans for the new Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Oceanside?

“There are many factors at play these days that are negatively impacting our mental health, including the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and opportunities for future deployments. We are here to serve veterans, service assets and families throughout the state of California,” said Dr. Anthony Hassan. “We are building on our proven success in San Diego and adapting to meet additional needs.”

“I think for everyone in our country, mental health is a real societal challenge. Trying to find access to care and getting good quality care. I think that’s true for our military community where they have problems accessing care and long waits for appointments and high costs.The Cohen Veterans Network is here just to make sure that mental health support is available to service members without any barriers.

“It’s a sad state when people who need help can’t get it and continue to suffer in silence. As a retired military mental health specialist, I know that for the military, it It even takes a lot for them to make that call. So I have to take advantage of this moment and make good use of it.”

“CVN was created to address the care gaps that exist in military communities across the country. We are a not-for-profit integrated mental health system, exclusive to the military community, which includes veterans, service active, National Guard Reserves and of course their family members.”

“We’re so proud that half of the patients we serve are family members, so we’re closing that gap in care for families as well. We’ve served 28,000 military personnel to date and we look forward to to save more lives, to save more families, and to save more of Oceanside’s future.”

Homelessness is a big problem in Oceanside and a large percentage of our homeless people are military or ex-military. Are your services set up to address the issues of homelessness among our military?

“Veterans Village of San Diego has a 40-year history of providing services to homeless veterans, so this partnership was truly a perfect match.” said Akilah Templeton. “We are a veteran-focused agency here in San Diego. We consider ourselves experts on the subject of military homelessness and while the homeless may not be CVN’s target population, we use a no-wrong-doors approach Certainly a veteran who is struggling or at risk of homelessness CVN is only a point of contact Our clinicians who come into contact with people who have these challenges can refer veterans combatants to other programs in the region.

“That’s why the Cohen Veterans Network programs exist. There are many programs that are at the end of the continuum. In other words, you have to be severely mentally ill and persistently you have to being homeless. You have to be in an emergency room to get attention and get care, but what we want to do is get on top of this issue.”

“We really want to focus on mild and moderate conditions and go upstream on all of this so that our veterans, service members and their families never end up homeless and desperate. But the beautiful thing is that our partner, VVSD, who operates our clinic is an expert and has the ability to treat veterans at any point in their journey, which is fabulous.”

Thus, CVN sets up the clinic, then VVSD manages it. Is this a simplistic explanation of how your programs work?

“Very good explanation. CVN gives VVSD and our other partners everything it takes to run a clinic at the highest level according to our standard operating procedures. We share the brand name. We fund them to provide care as we would like it delivered with the highest evidence We provide training We provide data analytics and electronic health records VVSD is known and respected in the community and that is why we We’ve chosen to operate, not just the clinic, but in Oceanside and possibly LA because of their local brands, so we think the community is important and we think the scalable model we’re bringing in has proven to be extremely successful. “

You mentioned that the clinics will offer brief client-centered therapy. Can you explain in more detail what this means?

“It means that someone coming in has a particular challenge that would likely benefit from a short-term evidence intervention that helps them deal with the problem as it arises, but also gives them coping strategies and tools she can use.”

“Our average duration for a client is 10 sessions across the network of 20 clinics. So our patients come in, they get the support they need when they need it. They get routine care, care evidence-based routines for depression, anxiety, PTSD, marital, whatever the situation, our belief is that they will be stronger and better.”

“That approach is much better than clinging to people forever because then you don’t have enough room up front for new patients. So the way we’re able to provide accessible care at the as we take people in, we get them what they need, they feel better, and we challenge them to go out and practice what we just shared with them. better access from the start.”

“Most of the people we see benefit from this short-term therapy model. One thing that is unique about our clinic’s model is that we have a case manager who makes sure that when they have other things that get in their way like financial aid or housing or other services like employment. We have someone at the clinic who can help work with them on those things outside of the therapy session.

“All of our CVN clinics have a community room which is really a community. It’s a room of about 1000 square feet where we hold events. We have educational things like parenting and stress management. We have place for meetings. So we want the clinic not only to be a place of clinical care, but a place of gathering, a place of positive and preventive activities. Because we believe that the more we can bring people to visit the clinic , the more trustworthy the clinic will be, the clinic will be word of mouth will spread.”

In San Diego the Community Hall has been fantastic during Covid. We kind of took that concept
outdoors and organize events. So CVN is all about staying connected to the community, we recognize that word of mouth is our biggest referral source here in San Diego. So many people who come to receive services at our local clinics have been referred by someone who has also received services or by someone they know. »

“While we are not offering in-person for the soft launch in March, we will begin seeing clients via telehealth. We are able to give more people access to care even when we cannot do In addition to providing care to those near the Oceanside location, the new Cohen Clinics will also provide statewide telehealth services to more than 655,000 potential clients.CVN Telehealth is face-to-face video therapy where the client can receive treatment in privacy
and the comfort of their own home.”

“The ability to provide telehealth services is essential and a game-changer, especially in Southern California where we have seen the number of COVID-19 cases increase dramatically in recent months. Telehealth offers a great option for veterans, service members, and their families who want to stay connected to a trusted provider, regardless of location. Our partnership with CVN has helped expand our reach and grow VVSD’s continuum of care so the whole family member has access to high quality outpatient mental health services and supports for years to come.”

“We hope to have the brick and mortar location up and running by the end of the summer. Otherwise, we are currently accepting referrals and ready to go for the March opening.

About the Cohen Veterans Network: Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit philanthropic organization for post-9/11 veterans, active duty members and their
families. CVN is focused on improving mental health outcomes, operating a network of outpatient mental health clinics in communities in need, in which trained clinicians provide holistic, evidence-based care to address mental health issues. Mental Health. It was created in 2016 by philanthropist Steven A. Cohen with a commitment of $275 million to build the network. Learn more about CVN.

About VVSD: Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) has served all veterans since 1981 and is dedicated to “Leaving No One Behind”. Each year, VVSD provides services to more than 3,000 military veterans throughout San Diego County. For more information, please visit our website at

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