Mental Health - VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
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VA Pacific Islands Health Care System


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.

The Mental Health Service (MHS) Patient Care Line provides health care services to veterans residing in a diverse island setting that includes the Hawaiian Islands, Guam and American Samoa. The focus of MHS has been to develop and provide a complete continuum of care with an emphasis on rehabilitation.

The mission of our patient care line is to provide comprehensive, coordinated, and appropriate intake, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and aftercare for all enrolled patients with mental health needs. Mental Health Service is organized into generalist and specialty teams to enable our veterans to benefit from a broad spectrum of mental health services that includes inpatient and outpatient components. We strive, through our emphasis on rehabilitation, to enable each patient to achieve and maintain his or her highest level of functioning.

Creating Safety with Guided Imagery - Jo Potestivo
This is a link to an exercise that has been proven helpful for those suffering with anxiety and traumatic stress. It was created by Jo Potestivo. She is a Clinical Social Worker with the VA PIHCS, a successful Clinician, Teacher, Trainer, and Consultant. Jo has been working with trauma and substance recovery since 1985 and with combat and non-combat Veterans since 1993.

Click this link to access the CMHE paperwork.

The form is now available and fillable. This means it can be completed on the computer. If you want to print it and complete it by hand, you can do that also. Please complete the CMHE (Comprehensive Mental Health Evaluation) and bring it with you to your CMHE appointment with Mental Health Services.

Services Offered

Mental health services provided at VA Pacific Islands HCS include treatments for —

  • depression, sadness, grief
  • anxiety, worry, nervousness
  • addictive behaviors
  • relationship problems
  • stress from medical problems and/or pain
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • emotional problems, such as managing anger
  • vocational issues
  • troublesome thoughts or ideas
  • confused thinking
  • aggressive or self-harming behaviors
  • memory problems

We also provide outreach to homeless veterans.

Suicide Prevention Awareness

Suicide is the 11th most frequent cause of death in the U.S.; someone dies from suicide every 16 minutes.

Mental Health Triage: Walk-in, Monday-Friday 0730-1600 (located on the 1st floor of the Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center)

Crisis Line numbers:
– Honolulu-ACCESS @ 832-3100
– Neighbor Islands-ACCESS @ 1-800-753-6879
-- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-TALK


Call 911 or go to any emergency room if you no longer are able to resist the suicidal urge.


Mental 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 mental health consultant.

Contact Info


  • Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 808-433-0660
  • 800-753-6879

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm