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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

 

∙ Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) ∙

 What is the VITAL Initiative?

  • The Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Initiative's mission is to provide world-class healthcare and improve the overall mental health of Veterans, while supporting their successful integration into college and university campuses through: 
  • Promotion of positive cohesion between Veterans and the entire learning community through campus and community clinical education and training
  • Seamless access to VA healthcare services and on-campus clinical counseling
  • Providing efficient care coordination of all availalbe services
  • View the VA Campus Toolkit to learn more.

    VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) and VITAL Initiative:

      • The VAAAHS VITAL Initiative is a partnership between VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and local colleges and universities. 

    • We strive to enhance academic retention and success through: 
    • On-campus clinical care and coordination
    • Improving understanding of Veterans' unique strengths and challenges through education and training
    • Collaborating with your local VA Medical Center, Veterans Benefit  Administration, campus faculty and staff, and community resources
    • CLICK HERE to download a copy of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System VITAL Program brochure.

    Student Veteran Services
    (Direct Care & Referral):

    • Assistance with enrollment and care at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
    • Case Management
    • Referrals/Scheduling for Primary Care, Mental Health & Telehealth Services
    • VA benefits counseling
    • Connecting to VA affiliates: Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

     

     

    For Academic Faculty/Staff:

    • Education for college/university staff about Military & Veteran culture
    • Consultation regarding Veteran-specific issues, including common readjustment  concerns that may impact performance and academic success
    • Assist with communication with VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and college/ university staff about Veteran concerns, resources and needs

     

    Telemental Health Services

     

    VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Telemental Health Mission: To provide evidence based mental health services to Veterans in circumstances where distance separates those receiving services and those providing services.

    What to Expect: 

    • Prompt response to phone or email inquiries about VITAL Program 
    • Veteran-centered approach, keeping the Veteran's well-being and best interests in mind
    • Confidentiality of information (consistent with College/University and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System policy)

     

    Referral/Contact Information

    Brittany Tyrrell, LMSW
    VITAL Case Manager
    VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
    (734) 548-3452
    brittany.tyrrell@va.gov

     

    Sarah Richards, LMSW
    VITAL Supervisor
    VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
    (734) 222-7477
    sarah.richards5@va.gov

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    Contact

    Brittany Tyrrell, LMSW
    VITAL Case Manager
    2215 Fuller Road
    Ann Arbor MI 48105
    734-548-3452
    Brittany.Tyrrell@va.gov

    Sarah Richards, LMSW
    VITAL Supervisor
    2215 Fuller Road
    Ann Arbor MI 48105
    734-222-7477
    Sarah.Richards5@va.gov