San Francisco VA Health Care System
SFVAMC Partners with City College of San Francisco
The San Francisco VA Medical Center has developed a unique partnership with City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to provide mental health services and outreach to Veterans on campus. CCSF opened a newly modernized Veterans Resource Center with the mission to serve students who are Veterans and to enhance their successful transition from military life into civilian careers. San Francisco VAMC mental health and outreach staff are on-site five days per week to provide enrollment and mental health counseling services. The VA office is in a suite of offices with GI bill counselors and next door to the Veterans lounge, a place where Veterans can relax and also provide and obtain support from one another. CCSF estimates there are nearly 900 Veteran students currently enrolled.
“While other VA’s have had an outreach presence at colleges and universities, none have made the commitment we have,” said Keith Armstrong, LCSW, Director of Family Programs at SFVAMC. “Soon we will have staff on board five days per week to provide readjustment services to these men and women. We believe it’s important to take our services to where the Veterans are and a college campus is an excellent place to start.” Armstrong was instrumental in working with CCSF and SFVAMC staff to establish this unique partnership.
The creation of the VRC also received significant support from organizations including the Carpenters Union Local 22, and the International Brotherhood of Electricians Local 6, who were among many who donated their time, material and labor to the VRC.
“This is a great way to provide services to Veterans in a new and unique way and so many of our staff played an important role in building this collaboration,” said Armstrong. “We’re proud of the work we’ve done and we’re looking forward to partnering with other colleges and universities in the future."
The VRC is located at CCSF, 50 Phelan Ave, Cloud Hall 332-333 and the hours of operation are:
Monday/Tuesday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday/Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For more information call (415) 452-5253.