Mental Health - Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center


Mental Health

If you qualify for VA health care, you can get high-quality mental health services as part of your benefits. You may also be able to get care for certain mental health problems even if you don't have VA health care.

We envision a future when everyone with a mental illness will recover, a future when mental illnesses can be prevented or cured, a future when mental illnesses are detected early, and a future when everyone with a mental illness at any stage of life has access to effective treatment and supports—essentials for living, working, learning, and participating fully in the community.

                       The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (2003)

About the Program

The behavioral health services at Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a variety of issues that can impact emotional well-being. The department consists of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers who are available at the Medical Center and at the CBOCs.  We also offer teleconferencing on an as needed basis to increase access to providers. We offer individual and group therapy services as well as psychological/neuropsychological assessment and psychiatric medication management.  See additional services listed below.

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center follows a recovery model. Recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential.  As part of this program, we also offer peer support specialists who assist other Veterans in the recovery process. This service is currently available in the Rhinelander CBOC and in Iron Mountain. More information on the recovery model (link to brochure)

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Services

We use evidence-based therapies to ensure state-of-the-art treatment.  Evidence-based therapies are proven treatments that are effective, goal-oriented, and appropriate for a wide range of issues.  They teach new skills and provide new perspectives for reducing symptoms.

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (PTSD Booklet)  
   - Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)  (more info)  
   - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) (more info), Available in the Rhinelander CBOC only.
   - Prolonged Exposure (PE) (more info)    
   - For additional information: National Center for PTSD and Trauma Symptom Checklist 

• Substance use 
   - Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) (more info)
   - For additional information: Drugs of abuse and Addiction and dependence 

• Depression (Depression booklet)   
   - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D) (more info
   - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (more info)
   - For additional information: National Institute of Mental Health and Signs and symptoms of Depression

• Insomnia (more info)  
   - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) (more info

Behavioral health services provided at Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center address a wide range of other concerns, including:

  • Chronic anxiety, worry, nervousness (more info)
  • Bipolar Disorder (more info)
  • Schizophrenia (more info)
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship problems
  • Pain management
  • Anger management
  • Stress management (more info)
  • Vocational issues
  • Troublesome thoughts or ideas
  • Confused thinking
  • Aggressive or self-harming behaviors
  • Memory problems

Additional Services

Biofeedback (more info): Available at Hancock CBOC and Marquette CBOC through Behavioral Health Services. Biofeedback is the monitoring of physiological signals such as respiration, heart rate, skin temperature, muscle tension, etc. This information is then used to increase self-awareness and self-regulation of the physiology. Common applications include treatment for headache, hypertension, anxiety and other stress-related disorders.

Circle of Care (link to brochure): A multi-disciplinary team that can assist Veterans in reducing symptoms associated with various chronic medical conditions and in improving coping with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Services are provided through primary care.

MHICM eRANGE: An outpatient mental health program that provides intensive, supportive services to veterans living in rural areas who have a primary mental health diagnosis that is classified as severe. Each RANGE (Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement) program has full time service providers who work together with veterans to create individualized recovery plans that draw from an array of resources and enable veterans to live a quality life in the community of their choice. Currently available through the VA Outpatient Clinics in Hancock, MI, Manistique, MI, and Rhinelander, WI.

Homelessness Prevention Services: See description under Services.

OEF/OIF/OND Program (link to brochure): Offers case management and advocacy services to all veterans who have served in combat since November 11, 1998 and are transitioning back to civilian life.

Veterans Justice Outreach (link to brochure):  An outreach/advocacy program designed to collaborate with the local justice system to identify Veterans that enter the criminal justice system and are in need of treatment services rather than incarceration.

National Veterans Crisis Hotline

The Veterans Crisis Line and online chat are available to all Veterans and their families and friends, even if t hey are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health care.

1(800) 273 - TALK (8255), Press 1
Text: 838225
Confidential chat available at

Contact Us

1-800-215-8262 ext. 32541

Normal business hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Services outside of normal business hours may be available by appointment. Emergency department is available 24 hours a day for emergency.


Behavioral health services are confidential. We will not talk to anyone about information you share unless you give written consent. Under federal law, a few exceptions to this rule exist. If you have questions, please ask your behavioral health consultant.

Contact Info


  • Iron Mountain VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 906-774-3300 Ext. 32541
  • 800-215-8262 Ext. 32541

Hours of Operation

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