Our Mission

The Veterans Mental Health Department (VMHD) is focused on ensuring access to competent mental health services for service members, veterans, and their families. VMHD accomplishes this task by providing training, certification, and technical assistance across Texas. In addition to connecting veterans in need directly to local services, VMHD also works with partners at the national, state, and local level to address veteran-specific issues including suicide prevention/intervention, veteran homelessness, military cultural competency, peer support services, military-related trauma, women and rural veterans, and justice involvement. Across all programming, VMHD is fortunate to have the broadest definition of veteran regardless of discharge status, branch of services, or having served one day or a career. All services including training, technical assistance, and direct services provided across VMHD programming are offered freely to all who are in need.  

VMHD Who We Are

Who We Are

We work with partners at the national, state, and local level to address a wide variety of veteran-specific issues.

BLAKE HARRIS, Ph.D.

MARY MARGARET BRACKEN, CTRS

MANUEL RECENDIZ

DON HIPP, LPC-S, CCTP, LCCA

Mental Health Provider Coordinator

Don.Hipp@TVC.Texas.gov

(512) 420-7704

ARLENE PEREZ, LMSW

Peer Services Manager

Arlene.Perez@TVC.Texas.gov

(512) 560-9937

TERRI WILLIAMS, LPC

Justice Involved Veteran Coordinator

Terri.Williams@TVC.Texas.gov

(737) 237-4080

CYNTHIA GRAY

Justice Involved Veteran Coordinator

Cynthia.Gray@TVC.Texas.gov

(512) 815-7906

ANTHONY BUSTOS, MPH

Homeless Veteran Coordinator

Anthony.Bustos@TVC.Texas.gov

(512) 567-5618

AMBER BATHA

Homeless Veteran Coordinator

Amber.Batha@TVC.Texas.gov

(512) 567-5477

JOHN WILSON, LT COL, USAF RETIRED

Community & Faith-Based Partner Coordinator

John.Wilson@TVC.Texas.gov

(512) 463-6091

Jessica Del Rio

JESSICA DEL RIO, LPC

Veteran Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Jessica.DelRio@TVC.Texas.gov

(512) 560-9469

Spotlight

Peer Service Coordinator Spotlight

Jamie Cantu

Peer Service Coordinator, Coastal Plains Area

Experience Peer-to Peer Support through training, technical assistance, and certification to Local Mental Health Authority-based Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) Peer Service Coordinators (PSCs) and their Peers.

Mental Health Provider Spotlight

Mareth Carlberg, MA, LPC, NCC

Provider, Coverage Counties: Bastrop, Burnet, Cadwell, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Lee, & Williamson

We offer licensed clinicians and any mental health professionals training and technical assistance aimed at promoting military cultural competency.

Services

All services including training, technical assistance, and direct services provided across VMHD programming are offered freely to all who are in need.

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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

We provide technical assistance to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) peers.

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TRAININGS

We offer training to licensed mental health providers and organizations, community & faith-based organizations, and state agencies on the impacts of military-related trauma.

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CERTIFICATIONS

Mental Health Providers can get certified with free military cultural competency training.

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A History Of Helping Veterans

VMHD is a branch of the Texas Veterans Commission. TVC was created in 1927 as the State Service Office to assist veterans of the Indian wars, Spanish-American War and World War I.

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Veteran Suicide Rate per 100,000

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Why It Matters

Military trauma-affected SMVF often have difficulty accessing timely mental health resources due to factors, which include; an individual’s difficulty in recognition of their mental health needs, lack of resources available upon recognition of mental health needs, difficulty accessing mental health resources, and a lack of community-level awareness of military-related traumas resulting in mental health conditions.

The VMHD provides military trauma-informed training and technical assistance to create greater awareness of and access to mental health resources for SMVF.

Join Our Network

We provide training and technical assistance to agencies and organizations spanning the Texas Criminal Justice System in an effort to improve diversion and mental health treatment options for justice-involved veterans who have suffered military-related traumas.

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How Are We Doing?

VMHD and TVC are committed to providing our Texas veterans and their families with superior customer service. Let us know how we are doing by completing a brief survey.