Health Services

Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Everyone reacts to stress and traumatic experiences differently. While some have reactions that can be seen as normal responses to life events, others may experience signs or symptoms of more serious conditions.

Mental health and substance use conditions can affect anyone; you are not alone. The Military Health System has many resources available to help those who need it.

If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat at 988 connects you with a trained crisis counselor who can help.

Corpus Christi Naval Health Clinic Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Our facility offers the following mental health and substance abuse services:
  • Alcohol/drug abuse prevention education
  • Screening and referrals
  • Early intervention education
  • Outpatient and intensive outpatient counseling for personnel whose performance and continued military services are adversely affected through the abuse of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Continuum of Care group counseling with the intention of restoring to full duty members who demonstrate potential for continued useful service.

What TRICARE Covers

TRICARE covers medically and psychologically necessary mental health and substance use care.
This includes both inpatient and outpatient care.
Getting Mental Health Care
See a Complete List of Covered Services


VCL/MCL OCONUS access is available to Service members, veterans, and their families. The country code to reach the United States is required for each number and is dependent on the caller's location. Individuals calling from OCONUS, Canada, Mexico, or off an installation will be responsible for long-distance international charges from their respective carriers, even if dialing a toll-free number.
  • In Europe, call: 844-702-5495 or DSN 988
  • In the Pacific, call: 844-702-5493 or DSN 988
  • In Southwest Asia, call: 855-422-7719 or DSN 988
Additionally, if you have not yet updated the Continental United States (CONUS) process and procedure or have Service members and families returning OCONUS, please note that:
VCL/MCL CONUS access is available to Service members, veterans, and their families. The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers. The 988 Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. If callers are unable to reach the crisis support through phone dialing, the chat service is available online in all locations with an internet connection.
988 Suicide and Crisi Line (Anyone in the United States):
  • Call: 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • For Text Telephone (TTY) users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.
  • Visit:
  • Chat: Text with a Crisis Line Responder - Send a text message to 838255
Support is also available for relationship, family, or financial challenges. To access non-crisis support (e.g., relationship, family, or financial challenges). Service members and their immediate family can connect with Military OneSource for free and confidential counseling 24/7 (CONUS: 800-342-9641; OCONUS: 800-342-9647 or 703-253-7599; or visit TRICARE ( or for OCONUS - can also connect DoD beneficiaries of the Military Health System to mental health and counseling services. Additionally, if you are a DoD civilian employee, DoD Employee Assistant Program provides resources, information, and confidential help 24/7 at 866-580-9046 (TTY: 711).

Contact Us


(361) 961-3620
Nurse Advice Line
1-800-TRICARE, Option #1


Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays


First Floor, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi
First Floor Map

Mental Health Resources

Military Crisis Line

Call: 988 and press 1
Text: 838255

Military OneSource

Call: 1-800-342-9647

In Transition Program

Call: 1-800-424-7877

Live Chat

Psychological Health Resource Center | 24/7

Call: 1-866-966-1020
988 27/7 Crisis & Support
Don't forget to keep your family's information up-to-date in DEERS.