On Monday, the Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona broke ground for a new behavioral health building near the entrance of its Urgent Care Clinic. When it's completed next year, it'll contain 16 offices and 27 rooms for treatment, conferences, testing and group therapy.
The head of the local medical center says the project is a step toward a major initiative in the VA making the treatment of mental health as important and as available as the treatment of physical health.
William Mills says the VA Medical Center is also putting more resources into suicide prevention, and other mental health and substance abuse programs.
The Van Zandt VA Medical Center offers services to more than 87,000 vets throughout our region.
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