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Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs Urges Veterans to Seek Mental Health Services at Steven A. Cohen Clinic at Easterseals in Silver Spring

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 22, 2020

The Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs, which is aware that some veterans are having increased mental health issues during the COVID-19 health crisis, is urging veterans and their families to take advantage of the services offered by the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals in Silver Spring. The clinic provides high-quality and accessible behavioral health care to veterans, their families, the families of active duty service members and caregivers.

The clinic is located at 1420 Spring St., Suite 300, in Silver Spring. It normally is open Monday-Friday every week and on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. However, during the health crisis, the clinic is offering telehealth services. The clinic can be reached at 240-847-7500 or via email at info.mfc@eseal.org.

The clinic’s services are available to any person who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, regardless of role or discharge status. Veterans and their family members can receive services individually and/or as a family unit at the same place with the same treatment team.

“For some veterans, extraordinary stress every day leads to behavioral health problems that must be addressed so they can navigate through life,” said Dan Bullis, chair of the Montgomery Commission on Veterans Affairs and a former Vietnam medic who spent most of his later career working with veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “Living conditions caused by the COVID-19 health crisis is difficult for all, but for veterans already living with stress, the current situation is compounding what they face. The Cohen Clinic at Easterseals can be a big help to many of these veterans and their families.”

The Cohen Clinic at Easterseals does not require a referral and generally has low wait times. It can provide medication management with counseling services. Veterans can use the clinic services regardless of their discharge status. Telehealth services are now available for veterans in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.  

The Cohen Clinic at Easterseals will be offering free online workshops, in association with the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays starting May 27 and continuing through July 29. Veterans can register for the workshops at chesshakes.com/cw-cohen.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the County’s COVID-19 website and follow Montgomery County on Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo and Twitter @MontgomeryCoMD.

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Release ID: 20-270
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-205-1915