The mission of the VISN 16 South Central MIRECC is to promote equity in engagement, access, and quality of mental health care for Veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural Veterans.
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VA Community Mental Health Points of Contact
Meeting the mental health care needs of Veterans and their families is important to VA. While many returning Servicemembers and their families recover from the stresses of war and successfully readjust to life after deployment, there are those who need additional assistance. While VA continues to expand mental health resources to meet the needs of Veterans, truly Veteran-centric, recovery-oriented care requires active collaboration and coordination with partners in the community. Through collaboration with public and private organizations, VA can promote awareness and use of VA mental health resources, help Veterans gain access to community services, and build healthy communities for Veterans and their families.
To promote community collaboration, each VA medical center has appointed a Community Mental Health Point of Contact (MH POC) whose mission it is to provide ready access to information about VA eligibility and available clinical services, ensure warm handoffs at critical points of transition between systems of care, and serve as a liaison between VA and community partners. MH POCs will strengthen engagement of Veterans in mental health care and encourage community support for their health and well-being. Each MH POC will reach out to relevant Veterans Service Organizations, community-based organizations, health care providers, and local governments to bring together complementary resources to address the needs of our Nation’s Veterans and their families. The list of VA Community MH POCs is available at http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/communityPOC.asp.
Funded in 1998, the South Central MIRECC is a virtual center with multiple anchor sites throughout VISN 16. Researchers and educators are located at anchor sites (Houston, TX; Little Rock, AR; Oklahoma City, OK; New Orleans, LA), but our programs are available to the entire VISN. Our mission is to promote equity in engagement, access, and quality of mental health care for Veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural Veterans. Download the South Central MIRECC Brochure.
South Central MIRECC
2200 Fort Roots Drive, Bldg. 58
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
Phone: (501) 257-1971
Fax: (501) 257-1718