The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic and its Online Therapy program is set to fill a void for Washington State’s veteran population. The Cohen Veterans Network, a not-for-profit philanthropic organization, has opened the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Valley Cities at 6103 Mt. Tacoma Dr. S.W. in Lakewood, supporting post-9/11 veterans and military families with mental health services regardless of veteran discharge status and ability to pay. It is the first clinic of its kind in the state.
The new clinic in Lakewood has the capacity to serve 400 clients in the first year and will offer critical mental health services to Washington State’s many veterans and their family members. The Online Therapy services offered at this clinic will reduce barriers to treatment, allowing patients throughout the state to receive support via phone or computer from the comfort of their home or workplace.
Studies show that 40 percent of veterans who return home with mental health issues are not receiving care, and there are currently 20 veteran suicides per day. To address this critical need for mental health services in the veteran community, philanthropist Steven A. Cohen made a $275 million commitment to open 25 clinics over five years, the largest philanthropic pledge of support ever made to veterans in this country by a single donor. With the opening of the newest clinic in Lakewood, the network now has 11 clinics in operation and is on track to open 14 more throughout the country by 2020.
The Cohen Clinics have treated more than 9,800 clients nationwide since opening to the public in 2016. Approximately 44 percent of clients are non-veteran family members and their children, while 56 percent of clients are veterans.