A little less than a year ago I wrote about the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island: The New Group In Town. At that time we were approaching our thirtieth member (
). We now have over 70 members and are still growing.
"You Served Your Country " Now Let Your Community Support You"
The Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island is comprised of representatives from state and county government, the VA, veterans organizations, mental health and substance abuse providers, universities, business and individual veterans, who all have a personal interest in supporting Long Island veterans.
The mission of the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island is to: Promote the health and well-being of Long Island veterans and their families through advocacy, and a broad array of services.
A wide range of services and supports are available to veterans from all generations. Veterans may seek services from the VA in Northport, as well as from providers in their local community.
Some services are free. Others may be covered by private insurance, TRICARE, government benefits, or other forms of payment.
VA MEDICAL CENTER (Northport)
The VA in Northport offers a wide range of health, mental health, dental, rehabilitation, employment, substance abuse, pharmacy, aging and women's services. Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) have a five year window of eligibility to register. Veterans from every generation are always encouraged to register with the VA. CONTACT: VA Medical Center, 79 Middleville Rd., Northport, NY 11786, (631) 261-4400
BABYLON VET CENTER (Babylon) (631) 661-3930 - Provides war trauma psychotherapy. Eligibility based on military service during war or hostile actions. Has irregular hours to accommodate working veterans. All services are provided free.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES Freeport (516) 623-3322, Bayshore (631) 665-6707, Medford (631) 654-1919 - Provides clinical treatment and counseling.
CENTRAL NASSAU GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING (Hicksville) (516) 822-6111 - Provides clinical treatment, counseling, rehabilitation and substance abuse services.
DR. DAVID CURTIS (Commack) (631) 864-5209 ext. 4 - Licensed clinical psychologist offering pro bono counseling for OEF / OIF veterans. (Please call for availability.)
FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION (Hicksville) (516) 935-6858 - Operates a Veterans Resource Center providing mental health (including PTSD) and substance abuse counseling for veterans and their families.
FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE (Suffolk - Various locations) (631) 647-3100 ext. 123 - Provides clinical treatment, counseling and substance abuse services.
FEGS (Central Islip, Center Moriches) For appointments call (516) 364-0794 - Provides clinical treatment, counseling and substance abuse services.
FEDERATION OF ORGANIZATIONS (Nassau, Suffolk -Various locations) 1-877-INTAKES - Provides counseling, substance abuse services, and a wide range of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery services.
HISPANIC COUNSELING CENTER (Hempstead) (516) 538-2613 - Provides clinical treatment, counseling and substance abuse services. Services available in Spanish.
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY CLINIC (Hempstead) (516) 463-5234 - Provides counseling services. The Hofstra clinic is open to the general public.
HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL (Queens) 1-800-990-3785 - Provides counseling and substance abuse services. Tricare accepted.
LONG BEACH MEDICAL CENTER (Long Beach) (516) 897-1270 - Provides mental health and substance abuse treatment and counseling.
MELILLO CENTER (Glen Cove) (516) 676-2388 - Provides clinical treatment, counseling and substance abuse services.
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER (Garden City) (516) 705-3400 - Provides clinical treatment and counseling
NASSAU COUNTY VET CENTER (Babylon / Plainview) (631) 661-3930 - Provides war trauma psychotherapy. Eligibility based on military service during war or hostile actions. All services are provided free of charge.
NASSAU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER (East Meadow) (516) 572-6822 - Provides clinical treatment and counseling.
NEW YORK STATE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE (Manhattan) (212) 543-6747 - Anxiety Disorder Clinic offering treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans may be eligible for treatment at no cost. Call for more information.
PEDERSON-KRAG (Huntington) (631) 920-8000, Smithtown (631) 920-8300, Wyandanch (631) 920-8280 - Provides clinical treatment and counseling.
PENINSULA COUNSELING CENTER (Woodmere) (516) 569-6600 - Provides clinical treatment, counseling, substance abuse and rehabilitation services. Peninsula Counseling is a TRICARE provider.
ROSEN FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER at NORTH SHORE - LONG ISLAND JEWISH HOSPITAL (Manhasset) (516) 562-3260 - Provides assessments and counseling at no cost for current Active Duty, Guard and Reservists, OEF / OIF and Desert Storm veterans and their families.
SKILLS UNLIMITED (Oakdale) (631) 567-3320 - Provides clinical treatment and counseling.
SOUTH NASSAU COMMUNITIES HOSPITAL (Baldwin) (516) 546-1370 - Provides clinical treatment and counseling.
SOUTH OAKS HOSPITAL (Amityville) (631) 264-4000 - Provides clinical treatment and counseling.
THE SOLDIERS PROJECT (Various, Long Island) (212) 242-3784 - Licensed Mental Health Professionals offering free counseling offered to OEF / OIF veterans, their parents, children, siblings, spouses and significant others.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY:
BRAIN TRAUMA FOUNDATION (NYC) (212) 772-0608 ext. 301 - Foundation dedicated to improve outcomes for individuals with TBI through clinical research, the development of best practices, and the education of medical personnel. Information regarding Combat Related Head Trauma may be obtained from: www.braintrauma.org.
FAMILY RESIDENCES AND ESSENTIAL ENTERPRISES (Hauppauge) - FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER (631) 851-3810 - Offers health and mental health services to individuals with TBI.
CASE MANAGEMENT (631) 273-1300 - Provides case management for those with TBI.
FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION (Hicksville) (516) 935-6858 - Offers counseling for children.
NORTH SHORE CHILD AND FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER (Roslyn Heights) (516) 626-1971 - Provides outpatient clinical treatment and counseling; substance abuse counseling; trauma and bereavement individual, family and group services for all children ages birth " 24 and their families.
ROSEN FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER at NORTH SHORE " LONG ISLAND JEWISH HOSPITAL (Manhasset) (516) 562-3260 - Counseling for children, adolescents and family members of military personnel is offered at no charge. The Rosen Center also offers free Parenting, Wellness and Child Resilience Workshops.
YES COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER (Massapequa) (516) 799-3203 - Provides counseling to young people age 10 " 21 related to issues of substance abuse, depression, and other family issues.
BABYLON VET CENTER (Babylon) (631) 661-3930 - Provides counseling to family members of veterans serving during specific periods of war or hostile actions. Services are free of charge.
FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE (Bayshore) (631) 647-3100 ext. 103 - Offers support group for loved ones of active service members. (Tri-care, private insurance and sliding scale accepted as payment)
MHA OF NASSAU COUNTY (Hempstead) (516) 489-2322 ext. 1253 - Offers weekly evening support group for family members of those with PTSD or other psychiatric disabilities. Services are provided free of charge.
MHA OF SUFFOLK COUNTY (Lindenhurst) (631) 226-3900 - Call for support group information.
ROSEN FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER at NORTH SHORE " LONG ISLAND JEWISH HOSPITAL (Manhasset) (516) 562-3260 - Provides individual, couples and family counseling at no charge to military families.
MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA:
BABYLON VET CENTER (Babylon) (631) 661-3930 - Provides psychotherapy for military sexual trauma which occurred while on active duty. All veterans are eligible, regardless of period of service. All services are free of charge.
BABYLON VET CENTER (Babylon) 631- 661-3930 - Offers bereavement counseling to family members who had a loved one die while on active duty, regardless of period of service. Services are free of charge.
NASSAU COUNTY VET CENTER (Babylon / Plainview) (631) 661-3930 - Offers bereavement counseling to family members who died in the service of their country. Services are free of charge.
ADDICTION / GAMBLING:
LONG BEACH MEDICAL CENTER (Long Beach) (516) 897-1671 / (516) 897-1250 - Provides detox services, outpatient treatment as well as services related to gambling addiction.
PEDERSON-KRAG (Huntington) (631) 920-8053 - GamPro program offers treatment and recovery from gambling addiction
SOUTH OAKS HOSPITAL (Amityville) (631) 264-4000 - Chemical Dependency Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient treatment, as well as recovery program for adults with gambling addiction.
YES COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER (Massapequa) (516) 799-3203 - Provides counseling to adults with issues related to drug or alcohol addiction.
AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE:
AGENT ORANGE REGISTRY (VA, Northport) (631) 261-4400 ext. 2657 or 2659 - Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange may develop medical conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Prostrate Cancer, Lung Cancer and other illnesses. These veterans are entitled to a free medical screening. Those found to have a service connected illness are entitled to prompt medical care and monthly tax-free compensation.
NOTE: As of July 1, 2008, New York State is offering Veterans Tuition Awards to all combat veterans dating back to February 28, 1961. For eligibility questions call 1-888-697-4372. For more information go to:www.veterans.state.ny.us
NOTE: As of August 1, 2009, the New GI Bill goes into effect, offering Post 9/11 Veterans enhanced tuition benefits, housing and book stipends.
FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION (Hicksville) (516) 935-6858 - Offers educational counseling for veterans.
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY (East Meadow) 1-800-HOFSTRA - Offers 140 undergraduate and over 150 graduate programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Allied Human Services, as well as a School of Law.
MHA NASSAU COUNTY (Hempstead) (516) 489-2322 ext. 1251 - Assists Nassau County residents with PTSD and other psychiatric disabilities to enroll in Nassau Community College. Provides assistance with the enrollment process, financial aid, tutoring and emotional support.
NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Garden City) (516) 572-8126 - Community College assists veterans with enrollment and benefits. Also offers Veterans Counseling as well as a Veterans Association.
ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (Brooklyn) (631) 447-3260 - Offers special tuition rate for Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve servicemembers earning an online B.S. in Organizational Management.
EMPLOYMENT / VOCATIONAL:
1-800-FLOWERS.COM (Carle Place) (516) 237-4951 - Provides a variety of both paid and non-paid internships and training opportunities regarding IT applications, retail, marketing and "engineers in training". Resume / Interview skills training available. Program open to both veterans and their family members.
FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION (Hicksville) (516) 935-2717 - Veterans Resource Center offers vocational counseling.
FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE (Suffolk " Various locations) (631) 647-3100 ext. 123 - Offers job training and placement services for individuals with psychiatric and other disabilities.
FEGS (Various Nassau and Suffolk) (212) 366-8118 - Offers employment regarding janitorial services and grounds maintenance for persons with a documented disability
MHA NASSAU COUNTY (Hempstead) (516) 489-2322 ext. 1151 - Offers resume / interview skills training, career exploration and job placement. Participants must have a diagnosis of PTSD or other psychiatric disability. Services are free of charge.
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (Hicksville) (516) 934-8519 - Veterans Employment Representative offers assistance with job training and employment opportunities.
SOUTH OAKS HOSPITAL (Amityville) (631) 264-4000 - Career Counseling Center offers vocational rehabilitation, career guidance and job placement for individuals with and without disabilities.
SKILLS UNLIMITED (Oakdale) (631) 567-3320 - Offers vocational training, job placement and job coaching services. Criteria for enrollment is any documented disability.
NEW YORK STATE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER VETERANS BUSINESS OUTREACH CENTER (Farmingdale State College) (631) 370-8891 - Provides one-on-one free counseling, business training and mentoring to help veterans start and grow their small business.
HOUSING FOR VETERANS:
FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION (WEST HEMPSTEAD) (516) 935-6858 - Permanent housing for Veterans who were honorably discharged and are seeking quality, affordable, and substance abuse free accommodations in the community.
INTERFAITH NUTRITION NETWORK " NEW GROUND (Hempstead) (516) 564-4764 - Catherine Martin INN provides communal, long term housing for male veterans in recovery from substance abuse for one year. Program focuses on education and skills for future independence.
UNITED VETERANS BEACON HOUSE (BAYSHORE) (631) 665-1571 - Provides transitional housing to veterans in need. Homes are located in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Provides benefits assistance, and linkage with the VA, Social Services, Department of Labor, and other services. Also provides permanent housing and support to veterans over age 62.
IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA (NYC) (212) 982-9699 - Advocates on behalf of veterans who served in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
NASSAU COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY (Plainview) (516) 572-8450 - Helps veterans and dependents file for compensation, pension and education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Also assists veterans enroll for medical services, tax exemptions, and state education benefits.
SUFFOLK COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY (Hauppauge) (631) 853-VETS - Helps veterans and dependents file for compensation, pension and education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Also assists veterans enroll for medical services, tax exemptions, and state education benefits.
TOWN OF OYSTER BAY VETERANS SERVICES DIVISION (Oyster Bay) (516) 797-7875 - Represents veterans who reside in the 36 communities that comprise the Town of Oyster Bay. Provides assistance to veterans and their families. Provides information on veterans issues to veterans organizations and government agencies.
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA #82 Nassau County Chapter (516) 797-7875 - Comprised of Vietnam Era Veterans. Provides information about benefits, offers assistance with benefits applications, advocates for veterans issues and provides comraderie. Meetings held at Hicksville VFW Hall.
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL (518) 338-8147 - Coordinates activities of New York State chapters to advocate for the social, economic, educational and physical welfare of Vietnam EraVeterans.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY: 1-800-772-1213 - Veterans who are unable to do substantial work due to a disability may be entitled to Social Security Disability. (SSD) Receiving payment from the VA due to a service-connected illness does not preclude the veteran from also receiving SSD. In special cases, even those on Active Duty Status, receiving military payments may be eligible for SSD.
HOMELESS VETERANS OUTREACH TEAM (516) 227-8731 - Nassau County Health and Human Services Building, 60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale, NY
VA MEDICAL CENTER (631) 261-4400 ext. 2204, 79 Middleville Rd., Northport, NY
NURSING HOME / ADULT DAY CARE:
BROADLAWN MANOR (Amityville) (631) 264-0222 - Skilled Nursing, Adult Day Health services, and Adult Day Center Services.
LONG ISLAND STATE VETERANS HOME (Stony Brook) (631) 444-VETS - Nursing Home and Adult Day Care Program.
EMERGENCY / CRISIS:
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SUICIDE HOTLINE: 1-800-273-TALK - 24 Hour availability
HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL (Queens) 1-800-990-3785 - Recovery From Traumatic Stress Program offers comprehensive inpatient treatment alternative for veterans experiencing difficulties with pre or post deployment stress.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF NASSAU COUNTY CRISIS HELPLINE (516) 504-HELP - Crisis counseling, information and referral services available 9 a.m. " 9 p.m. 365 days a year. The service is free, and all calls are confidential.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SUFFOLK COUNTY INFORMATION AND REFERRAL (631) 226-3900 - Free, confidential referral information regarding Suffolk County services available Monday " Friday 8:30 a.m. " 4:30 p.m.
MILITARY ONESOURCE 1-800-342-9647 - Available 24 hours a day, 365 years a day. Provides help and information over the phone for Active Duty, Guard , Reservists and their immediate family members.
NASSAU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY ROOM (Uniondale) (516) 572-4775 - 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY
SOUTH NASSAU COMMUNITIES HOSPITAL (877) 768-8462 - One Healthy Way, Oceanside, NY
SOUTH OAKS HOSPITAL (Amityville) (631) 264-4000, Inpatient care for those in acute phase of mental illness / chemical dependency
VETERANS HOTLINE CENTER (866) 403-2668, Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Statewide Veterans Hotline located in Canandaigua, NY offering crisis counseling.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
FOR MORE INFORMATION about the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island call: (516) 489-1120 ext. 1101
--- Regards, Walt Schmidt