The SFVA medical Center Veterans Outreach Program

Initiated in August 2010 with the support of leadership at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, the Veterans Outreach Program (VOP), part of the VA’s national Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership or VITAL program, has been recognized for providing comprehensive services to student Veterans at City College of San Francisco. These services include enrollment in SFVA health care, evidence-based psychotherapy, social work services, medication management, smoking cessation, and referrals for additional services not available on campus. The VOP has coordinated and provided a series of lectures on relevant topics for student Veterans, and has conducted outreach to students from other colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program aims to ease the experience of asking for and receiving help from the VA, and to support Veterans' well-being in an academic environment.


For all Veterans:

  • Veterans Crisis Line (24/7)

o   1-800-273-TALK (8255), toll-free, anonymous if you choose

  • San Francisco VA Veteran Outreach Program at City College

o   Information re: Eligibility and Enrollment in SF VA health care provided on-site  

o   Assistance w/ referrals to primary care, social work, mental health, and other specialty services

o   SF VA  Health Benefit Advisor, Social Workers, Psychiatrist, Psychologist and MFT on staff to answer questions re: SF VA health and mental health care services and navigate SF VA and CCSF resources

o   (415) 452-5253; Veterans Outreach Program CCSF Office, Cloud Hall, Room 333

o   (415) 750-2190; Keith Armstrong, Veterans Outreach Program Director; email:

  • Vet Centers for Readjustment Counseling (VA health care enrollment is not required to receive Vet Center services)

o   VA Community-based clinics providing individual, group, family readjustment counseling

o for locations

  • To locate your nearest County Veterans Service Office, for the county in which you live (for assistance with VA service-connected claims, benefits, vocational rehab, survivor/dependent benefits): and click on “contact us” to find your local CVSO

o   San Francisco County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) Downtown

27 B Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

o   San Mateo County Veterans Service Office (CVSO)

550 Quarry Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 802-6598

For Veterans Already Enrolled in San Francisco VA Health Care

  • Telephone Linked Care: direct access to VA Advice Nurse for health concerns over the phone (24/7)

o   (415) 752-1212 or 1-800-733-0502 (if outside of Bay Area)

  • SFVA Medical Center Mental Health Emergency Services – no appt. needed

o   (415) 750-6674 (located inside the Emergency Department (ED) )

  • SFVA Medical Center Emergency Department–no appt. needed

o   (415) 221-4810, ext. 2052

  • San Francisco VA Medical Center: (415) 221-4810, Press 0 for Operator

o   Medical Practice (Primary Care): (415) 750-2129

  • San Bruno VA Outpatient Clinic: (650) 615-6000 

o   Call to schedule an appointment

  • Downtown San Francisco VA Outpatient Clinic: (415) 281-5100

o   Initial appointments are drop-in starting at 8am (1st come, 1st serve)

Keith Armstrong, LCSW
Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Director, San Francisco VA Couples and Family Program
Director, San Francisco VA Mental Health Social Work

Director, San Francisco VA VITAL and VOP Programs
Member, PTSD Program