Health Services

Mental (Behavioral) Health

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.

NMRTC Patuxent River Behavioral Health and Substance Use Services

Our facility offers the following mental health and substance abuse services:
  • Adult outpatient behavioral health active duty service members only)
    • Assessment and diagnosis
    • Individual therapy and medication management
  • Assessment and treatment of substance use disorders (active duty service members and retirees)
    • Early intervention services (‘Prime for Life’ program)
    • Level 1 outpatient treatment
    • Continuing care program
Service members should seek referral to behavioral health through their primary care managers but are encouraged to walk in during business hours in an emergency. The behavioral health clinic also works closely with tertiary services onboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River, such as the NAS Patuxent River base chaplain (301-342-3811), and Fleet and Family Support Center (301-342-4911), which include counseling, education, and family advocacy programs.

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
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Contact Us




Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Building 1370
41749 Buse Road
Patuxent River, MD 20670

Mental Health Resources

Veterans Crisis Line


988 and press 1
Text: 838255


Europe: 844-702-5495 or DSN 988
Pacific: 844-702-5493 or DSN 988
Asia: 855-722-7719 or DSN 988
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
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