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Vanderbilt Behavioral & Mental Health Services in Tennessee

Vanderbilt Behavioral & Mental Health Services in Tennessee

Vanderbilt University is a world leader in advancing principles of equal opportunity by increasing access to quality healthcare services in Middle Tennessee. Vanderbilt Behavioral Health (VBH), the behavioral health branch of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, promotes a full range of mental health services internally and through relationships with outpatient programs and board-certified mental health professionals for patients and their families. In addition, in prioritizing community partnerships to eliminate gaps in the behavioral healthcare system, Vanderbilt Behavioral Health works with Athena Care, one of the largest mental health clinics in Middle Tennessee. Along with Vanderbilt Behavioral Health, Athena Care works to provide much-needed mental health services to the community.

By advancing personalized and comprehensive behavioral health services, Vanderbilt mental health services, in collaboration with Athena Care, strives to promote continuity of care for diverse patients across the lifespan. The partnership incorporates collaborative treatment planning, outpatient medication management, psychotherapy, psychometric testing for learning disabilities, bariatric surgery evaluations, and more. Athena Care and Vanderbilt University work together to eliminate mental health care gaps for students, faculty, and patients of Vanderbilt Medical Center.

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How Does Athena Care Work With Vanderbilt?

Athena Care helps meet the high demand for patients seeking Vanderbilt mental health services by eliminating long patient wait times through a streamlined referral process. Vanderbilt students and faculty may be referred to Athena Care mental health providers to obtain mental health services promptly and circumvent long patient wait times and low appointment availability.

Athena Care and Vanderbilt communicate consistently throughout the process to provide a seamless continuum of care. For example, a Vanderbilt student may not return to the same therapist following a summer break due to difficulties with scheduling a follow-up. Before graduation, the student may want to establish long-term care with a therapist or medication provider in Middle Tennessee who accepts their insurance. Or perhaps a faculty member or student is seeking medication management at the Vanderbilt University Counseling Center (VUCC), but the next available appointment is months ahead. By assisting Vanderbilt Behavioral Health in facilitating collaborative, convenient treatment for patients after discharge, Athena Care provides a solution to timely and successful follow-up care.

The following steps describe how referrals from Vanderbilt to Athena Care work:

  • The referring Vanderbilt provider sends a referral via fax or email to Athena care.
    • Fax: 615-320-1177
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Include patient name, DOB, and insurance information
  • An Athena Care staff member will follow up with the referring provider and patient within 3 business days or 24 business hours.
  • The patient may also schedule an initial appointment independently by calling (615) 320-1155 during Athena Care business hours: M-F 7am – 6pm.

To learn more about medication providers, therapists, and clinical psychologists at Athena Care, visit: https://www.athenacare.health/about-us/clinicians/

How to Verify Insurance Coverage for Mental Health Benefits

Verification of insurance coverage can be overwhelming for patients, as can finding a mental health medication provider or therapist who accepts your insurance. Rather than having staff, providers, or patients call insurance to verify coverage, Athena Care has eliminated this step and the stress of establishing care with a new provider. Athena Care ensures that services and benefits are accessible when program managers aren’t working regular hours. Patients can instantly and confidentially verify insurance coverage at Athena Care by completing the following online form:

This form is completely free and confidential to fill out. If the patient decides to schedule an appointment, they will be directed to the next stages after completing the verification form.

About Vanderbilt Behavioral Health

Vanderbilt Behavioral Health (VBH) is the behavioral health treatment branch located in Vanderbilt University Medical Center. VBH provides comprehensive mental health treatment and services through inpatient, outpatient, and emergency psychiatric levels of care. Vanderbilt has experience treating a variety of mental health disorders for patients of all ages.

VBH employs a team of board-certified child psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, and mental health specialists to meet the needs of their patients.

To learn more about VBH, visit: https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/service-line/behavioral-health

About the Vanderbilt University Counseling Center

The Vanderbilt University Counseling Center (VUCC) provides mental health treatment and services to Vanderbilt students. This range of services includes:

  • Individual & Group Therapy
  • Counseling & Psychiatric Services
  • Psychological Assessments
  • And more

To learn more about VUCC, visit: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/ucc/

About Athena Care

For over 20 years, Athena Care’s mission has been to improve access to quality mental health services so that you can live a happier, healthier, more productive life. Athena Care offers diagnostic assessments, medication management, psychotherapy, and interventional psychiatry, such as TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and Spravato (Esketamine).

With locations in Middle Tennessee and beyond, Athena Care is in-network with most major insurance plans.

Athena Care offers a variety of services to meet your mental health needs. Athena Care’s mental health services include:

  • Business Consulting such as pre-employment screenings, performance and productivity evaluations, and more
  • Comprehensive treatment services for children, adults, and family issues
  • Forensic evaluations for custody and other trial cases
  • Immigration law psychiatric services
  • Psychiatry & medication management services
  • Spravato (esketamine) treatments
  • Psychological testing
  • Therapy
  • TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)
  • Virtual & Telehealth Visits Online

Athena Care employs qualified healthcare professionals who specialize in a variety of mental health conditions. Conditions treated at Athena Care include:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Benefits of Services at Athena Care for Vanderbilt Faculty

For Vanderbilt University faculty, the responsibility of delivering a curriculum that promotes opportunity and affirmative action is critical. Vanderbilt University is committed to supporting the mental health of its instructors. As Vanderbilt faculty, you are leaders in advancing personalized, evidence-based education for Vanderbilt students. It is imperative that you receive comprehensive support in caring for yourself while caring for others.

At Athena Care, we also embrace this you-centered approach to meeting the behavioral health needs of Vanderbilt University faculty. We prioritize ensuring confidentiality, privacy, and collaboration with the university when desired or needed.

Benefits of Services at Athena Care for Vanderbilt Students

Overcoming challenges to accessing a complex mental health care system while studying at one of the country’s top universities is typically not a priority for Vanderbilt University students. However, it can be impossible to complete assignments and obtain a degree without prioritizing emotional well-being. Therefore, following a Vanderbilt mental health assessment, students need to establish care with medication providers and therapists in Middle Tennessee.

Continuity of behavioral healthcare for students in Middle Tennessee is crucial, and fostering trust between provider and patient takes time. To help students learn successfully and grow interpersonally, Athena Care provides medication providers, therapists, TMS, and Spravato for treatment-resistant depression (TRD), and psychological testing by a clinical psychologist to ensure the most accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Can I Get Online Therapy from Athena?

Athena Care offers most services remotely via our convenient, secure telemedicine option.


If you suspect that you or someone you love suffers from mental health disorders, contact Athena Care today.

One of our friendly associates will help you get the help you need. Take this first step to feel better and take control. 

(615) 320-1155