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Welcome to Mental Health and Chaplaincy

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Mental Health and Chaplaincy is a national initiative that aims to achieve a more collaborative system of care for the benefit of Veterans, Service members, and their families. Emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual needs are interconnected – the professionals and communities that attend to these needs should be coordinated and integrated for optimal care. Mental Health and Chaplaincy seeks to foster this care through a range of educational, research, clinical training, and community outreach activities.

The brief video below highlights faith community and clergy outreach offerings, and we invite you to further explore the site to learn more about our other areas of programmatic engagement.


3 Educational Videos Training for Chaplains
Learning Collaborative Community Outreach

Spotlight on the MHICS Chaplain Community

Chaplain Bruce Swingle (MHICS 2016 Cohort)

  • Is part of a collaborative suicide prevention project that is a winner of the 2017 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Community Partnership Challenge and is currently in competition for a VHA Shark Tank award.

Chaplain Kerry Hayes (MHICS 2015 Cohort

  • Received the Undersecretary for Health’s award for Excellence in Clinical Staff Chaplaincy
  • Was named a Gold Status Fellow for his Chaplain Groups for Veterans with Moral Injury, as a winner of the “Shark Tank” competition that is part of VHA’s Diffusion of Excellence Initiative