Mental health resources for military veterans

Courtesy of
Bill Magnarelli

Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli

Dear Friends and Veterans,

As chair of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I see first hand how war is a traumatic experience for military personnel and their families. But they don’t have to deal with it alone.

New York has countless services available for veterans, whether recently returning from the Middle East, or those who served in Vietnam, Korea, World War II or other conflicts. Veterans face many challenges, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), increased alcoholism and drug use, homelessness, anger and anxiety. But there are people here to help, and I hope our well-respected and valued veterans take advantage of these benefits.

PTSD, alcoholism and drug use are difficult issues and finding help isn’t always easy. I recently sponsored legislation (A.11098) that addresses the lack of integrated mental health and substance abuse services for veterans returning from combat. The bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate.

This pamphlet is a resource to help families and veterans cope with the problems that arise with civilian life after experiencing stressful circumstances in war. Veterans have worked tirelessly, sacrificed much and fought hard to ensure that America and everything she stands for remains protected. I can’t thank our veterans enough. If you are a veteran or know a veteran who is struggling, New York has help available.

If you need assistance dealing with state agencies or filling out forms, my community office is here to help. Please give us a call.

Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli
Chair, Veterans’ Affairs Committee

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Bill Magnarelli

District Office Address:
333 East Washington St., Room 840
Syracuse, NY 13202

LOB Address:
LOB 841
Albany, NY 12248

New York State Office
of Mental Health (OMH)
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) provides a Mental Health Program Directory on its website which allows you to:

•   Search for mental health programs by county, program category or subcategory.
•   View program details including program name, address and phone number.

You may also call OMH if you have questions or complaints about mental health services in New York State: 1-800-597-8481
If you are in crisis, OMH provides this toll-free number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Veteran Affairs (VA) PTSD Program Locator
Use the Veteran Affairs (VA) PTSD Program Locator to see if there is a specialized Mental Health program near you.

Vet Centers
1-800-905-4675 (Eastern)
1-866-496-8838 (Pacific)

Vet Centers are operated by the VA’s Readjustment Counseling Service. Call to get more information on Vet Centers.

Military One Source

Military One Source is designed to help military members, veterans and families deal with life issues.
New York State HOPELINE
1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369)

This number offers help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and your call is anonymous and confidential.

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Visit OASAS’ website to locate a certified service provider by name, city or county.

New York State Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The New York State Suicide Prevention Resource Center Web page provides information that includes:
Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Call if you know someone who is in suicidal crisis.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans, family members or friends can access Veterans Chat through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.


Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1

Call will be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.
Brain Injury Association of
New York State (BIANYS)

Family Help Line: 1-800-228-8201

In collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) seeks to:

•  Raise awareness about traumatic brain injury.
•  Be a resource to providers and families as they seek to understand the symptoms of and treatment for traumatic brain injury.

BIANYS can answer your questions and get you the help you need. Call its Family Help Line if you or your family member served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom and sustained a brain injury during deployment.

Department of Veterans Affairs

Visit the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs to access information regarding traumatic brain injury.