Veterans Outreach Program - San Francisco VA Health Care System
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San Francisco VA Health Care System

 

Veterans Outreach Program

San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) Veterans Outreach Program (VOP)

The VOP is an outreach and mental health program under the SFVAHCS Office of the Director, whose mission is to provide convenient, whole-Veteran concierge services to a range of Veterans in academic and community-based settings. The VOP provides enrollment and education about VA Health Care, connection to VA services, advocacy, and direct mental health services. The VOP executes VHA’s innovative capabilities in a community-based setting, increasing access to care and strengthening the community’s perception of the VA as a patient-centered, whole-Veteran health care system.

The VOP is composed of two main sub-programs:

I) Student Veteran Health Program (SVHP), Est. 2010

The SVHP has established SFVAHCS offices at City College of San Francisco, College of the Redwoods, Skyline College, Napa Valley College, Santa Rosa Junior College, and San Francisco State University, while also supporting additional schools within and beyond the SFVAHCS catchment area, including a partnership with the University of California Office of the President. The SVHP inspired the establishment of the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) initiative, the VA’s national effort to support student Veterans across the country.

II) Community Veteran Health Program (CVHP), Est. 2020

The CVHP serves Veterans in Napa County, with an office and clinical staff at Napa County Health and Human Services, and Native American Veterans in Northern California. Additionally, the CVHP staff are available to assist Reservists and National Guard members across the state in connecting to VA health care. The CVHP was established to serve Veterans in communities historically underserved by the SFVAHCS, to actively engage and enroll Veterans in SFVA health care, as well as provide mental health care.

Services provided to Veterans in these academic and/or community settings may include (but are not limited to):

  1. Enrollment in VA health care
  2. Assistance scheduling medical, mental health, and other specialty care appointments
  3. Individual/Couples psychotherapy and social work services (and in some locations, psychiatric medication management)
  4. Educational support around navigating the VA health care system and understanding VHA and VBA benefits, including the multiple VA health care systems in Northern California and beyond
  5. Referrals to on-campus/community-based resources, programs, and support services
  6. Facilitation of “Speaker Series” lunch-time lectures/workshops on topics of interest
  7. Staff/partner trainings around assisting Veterans in academic/community settings                                                  
  8. Advocacy around Veterans’ educational, health care, and employment needs

To reach VOP staff, please select the location that is most applicable to you:

SAN FRANCISCO

Academy of Art University:

  • Kathleen Mink, LCSW, (415) 254-6842

 City College of San Francisco (on-campus office):

  • Bridget Leach, LCSW, (415) 200-6933
  • Kathleen Mink, LCSW, (415) 254-6842

 Golden Gate University:

  • Kristin Kennedy, LCSW, (415) 205-5038

San Francisco State University (on-campus office) & University of San Francisco:

  • Jerika Norona, PhD, (415) 941-8625

 UC San Francisco & UC Hastings:

  • Kristin Kennedy, LCSW, (415) 205-5038

SAN BRUNO

Skyline College (on-campus office):

  • Kathleen Mink, LCSW, (415) 254-6842

SANTA ROSA

Santa Rosa Junior College (on-campus office):

  • Jessica Walsh, PhD, (415) 712-6609

NAPA COUNTY

Napa Valley College (on-campus office) & Napa County Health and Human Services (on-site office):

  • Glynis Banks, LCSW, (650) 451-2870

EUREKA

College of the Redwoods (on-campus office) & Humboldt State University:

  • Forest Harpham, LCSW, (415) 760-1583

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICAN VETERAN INITIATVES

  • Tracy Marshall, LCSW, (707) 752-1910

CA STATE-WIDE STUDENT VETERAN INITIATVES

University of California (UC) System & California State University (CSU) System

  • Kristin Kennedy, LCSW, (415) 205-5038

CA STATE-WIDE NATIONAL GUARD/RESERVES

  • Kathleen Mink, LCSW, (415) 254-6842

If you are unsure about who to contact, or would like to ask a general question about the Veterans Outreach Program, please email us at VHASFCVOP@va.gov or call (415) 750-2190. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Contact Info

Location

  • See page for campus locations

Contact Number(s)

  • 415-750-2190

Hours of Operation

  • See page for hours at each campus