The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone in Clarksville has partnered with Operation Stand Down Tennessee to deliver mental health services to Nashville’s veterans.
Veterans and their families can make an appointment through the Cohen Clinic for a telehealth or in-person service at the OSDTN facility at 1125 12th Ave. S. in Nashville. Services are available on Mondays and Wednesdays.
“We’re treating anyone that has served,” said Julie Adams, clinic director for the Cohen Clinic at Centerstone. “Whether they’ve served one day or 20 years. Whether they’ve been dishonorably discharged or whatever their discharge status, Cohen Clinic is offering care.”
The Cohen Clinic provides for a wide range of mental health situations, including anxiety, depression, adjustments and post-traumatic stress disorder. It also provides services that Veterans Affairs cannot, including couples therapy and children’s therapy.
Services opened Feb. 21 to an initially slow start, but demand is expected to increase as the public becomes more aware of the partnership. Operation Stand Down and the Cohen Clinic have worked with thousands of veterans seeking transitional help and mental health services. The majority of their early bookings were telehealth and not in person.
“Veterans in financial crisis know how to reach out,” said Eden Murrie, chief executive officer at Operation Stand Down Tennessee. “But you can be a successful veteran in the workplace and still feel very isolated or need counseling. This partnership gives a chance for veterans to find even more on this campus.”
The Cohen Clinic at Centerstone in Clarksville first opened in 2018 and was one of three nonprofit clinics developed by the Cohen Veterans Network, sponsored by New York Mets owner and hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen. Nineteen clinics have been completed, with two other Cohen Clinic at Centerstone locations in Jacksonville, Florida, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Cohen Veterans Network plans to build a total of 20 to 25 mental health centers for veterans and their families.
Operation Stand Down Tennessee has existed in Nashville since 1993 to help homeless veterans and in 2013 began providing career services, crisis services and connections for all veterans. It did not provide mental health services before this partnership. OSDTN’s location in Nashville is providing a host location where one clinician provides treatment for two days a week.
“We want to be the place where people can reach out for assistance, connect with other veterans, have fun and all of that,” Murrie said. “One of the services we don’t provide is any kind of mental health. We were referring veterans out to the Cohen Clinic, to Centerstone Military Services, to the VA, to private providers. What we wanted to do was to be a one-stop shop. ... So, the Cohen Clinic reached out, and that’s how we started this partnership.”
Veterans interested in using services can call the Cohen Clinic, where they will be arranged with an introductory telehealth or in-person meeting at the Nashville or Clarksville locations with a clinician. Call (931) 221-3850 to schedule an appointment.
The clinic can also be reached at www.Centerstone.org/cohen/clarksville/.