United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Battle Creek VA Medical Center

Mental Health - Psychiatry

Name of Service or Program:  Mental Health/Psychiatry


Location of Service:  Building 10, Room 218


Contact names and telephone extensions:

Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health:  Dr. Carol Black

Extension 31104

For general program information, contact the Inpatient Mental Health Secretary at (269) 966-5600, Ext. 35346.


The Inpatient Mental Health Product Line



To provide patient-centered care to our Veterans that is inclusive, respectful, caring and focused on quality and safety.



The Battle Creek VA Medical Center will excel in providing inpatient Mental Health Services with a focus on patient-centered care for our Veterans in VISN 11.



  • All individuals have a basic human right to be treated with respect, courtesy and fairness.
  • Successful treatment occurs in an environment which is safe and which meets the psychological and physical needs or our consumers.
  • Inclusion of the consumer, family and community support systems in the treatment process is critical to quality outcomes
  • Communication with individuals, families, other providers, and staff is based on honesty and integrity.
  • Successful treatment outcomes require staff competence, commitment, dedication, cooperation, teamwork, and adherence to the highest ethical and professional standards.

Treatment includes comprehensive assessments of the physical,
psychological, emotional, and social needs of severely mentally ill Veterans who are experiencing psychosis, anxiety, depression, behavioral aberrations, organic mental symptoms, or substance abuse issues.

The Product Line consists of four distinct complex inpatient units: Acute Psychiatry, Long Term Psychiatry, Rehabilitative Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry.  The units are housed in Building 39; 39-1 houses the Geriatric and Long Term beds and 39-2 houses the Acute and Rehab beds. 


Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM)


The Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program serves those Veterans with severe and persistent mental illness, who have frequent or long term hospitalizations. 

  • Services are continuous, with 24-hour availability of staff, over a prolonged period of time and provided in the community, as opposed to being office-based.  
  • Services are individually tailored to meet the needs of the Veterans and are delivered on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting. 
  • Continuity of care is assured by using a multidisciplinary team approach.


Services provided by MHICM include:


  • MHICM staff assists the Veteran with employment, housing, financial matters, socialization, and any other problems encountered in daily living. 
  • The MHICM team, consisting of social workers, nurses, recreation therapist, and psychiatrists, believe in solving problems by assisting the Veteran, as well as encouraging independence and self efficacy. 
  • The MHICM team will make frequent home visits, provide medication monitoring, crisis intervention and resolution, as well as develop linkages to community resources.


Eligibility Criteria:


  • Veterans are eligible when they have a severe and persistent mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar, or Major Affective Disorder.
  • They have been hospitalized at least 30 days during the past 12 months.
  • Veterans from different types of living arrangements can access this program.  The MHICM program works with Veterans who live within a 35 mile radius of the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.

For more information, please contact Social Work Service at (269) 966-5600, Ext. 31698.