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The Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) were established by Congress with the goal of researching the causes and treatments of mental disorders and using education to put new knowledge into routine clinical practice in the VA. Specialized mental health centers of excellence (MH CoE) are an essential component of VA’s response to meeting the mental health needs of Veterans.

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New England MIRECC - VISN 1
Dual Diagnosis: veterans with mental illness in combination with addiction problems
Center for Integrated Healthcare - VISN 2
Integrating mental health services into the primary care setting
Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention - VISN 2
Reduce the morbidity and mortality in Veterans due to suicidal behavior
The focus is on maximizing recovery for veterans with Serious Mental Illnesses (SMI)
Focus on comorbidity—the co-occurrence of mental health disorders with either general medical, mental health, and/or substance use disorders.
VA Capitol Health Care Network MIRECC - VISN 5
Improve the care of all Veterans with schizophrenia and other Serious Mental Illnesses
Mid-Atlantic MIRECC - VISN 6
Overarching goal is the clinical assessment and treatment of post-deployment mental illness and related problems
South Central MIRECC - VISN 16
Improve access to evidence-based practices in rural and other underserved populations
VISN 17 Center of Excellence (COE) for Research on Returning War Veterans
Focus on mental health issues in returning war Veterans (OEF/OIF/OND)
Rocky Mountain Network MIRECC - VISN 19
To study suicide with the goal of reducing suicide in the veteran population
Northwest MIRECC - VISN 20
Applies genetic, neurobiologic and clinical trial methods to the discovery of effective treatments for major mental disorders
Sierra Pacific MIRECC - VISN 21
To improve the clinical care for veterans with dementias and with PTSD
Desert Pacific MIRECC - VISN 22
To improve the outcome of patients with chronic psychotic mental disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and psychotic mood disorders)
VISN 22 Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health - CESAMH
To be a national resource for cutting-edge understanding and state-of-the-art treatment of stress- and trauma-related problems
The National Center for PTSD
To advance the science and promote the understanding of traumatic stress as to improve the well-being and understanding of American Veterans