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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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The Communique provides the latest information on center research, education and clinical care activities. Download our latest issue for information on mental health continuing education and resources, abstracts, and articles on important issues in mental health research and treatment.

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Problem Gambling Brochure

Problematic gambling is an often unreported and undiagnosed problem among Veterans. Use this brochure to briefly assess for gambling problems and learn what steps can be taken to curtail further development and continuation. Download the Problem Gambling brochure.

LifeGuard, Operation: Coming Home Website

Just as you receive training before you engage in any mission-oriented task, this website prepares you for the most important mission of all – Coming Home. This website is dedicated to helping returning Veterans reintegrate into their communities and families by giving them the opportunity to experience five skills that can help them respond to their thoughts, feelings, and memories that occur on a daily basis. Visit the LifeGuard, Operation: Coming Home Website. If you want to learn more about the LifeGuard workshop, visit

About Us

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. Our work helps us realize this mission and address the three primary objectives of all MIRECCs: supporting mental health care research, education and training of mental health care professionals, and disseminating findings and best practices to the field. Download the South Central MIRECC Brochure.

Mailing Address
South Central MIRECC
2200 Fort Roots Drive, Bldg. 58
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
Phone: (501) 257-1971
Fax: (501) 257-1718

Our Programs

Pilot Study Research Program
Funds stimulating pilot research that can be used to develop clinical policy or programs that improve access, quality and outcomes of mental heath and substance abuse treatment services for Veterans facing barriers to care.
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MIRECC Implementation, Design and Analysis Support (MIDAS)
Offers centralized design, methodologic and analytic support at no cost to VISN 16 investigators seeking intramural or extramural funding or conducting pilot projects.
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Training Residents in Psychiatry Scholarship (TRIPS)
Designed to increase the number of postgraduate year 2 psychiatry residents entering postresidency research training fellowships.
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Research Fellowship Program
Two-year postdoctoral training programs in Houston, Texas and Little Rock, Arkansas to develop research skills.
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Grant Writing Scholars
This triennial program provides 8-12 investigators with didactic training and individualized mentoring for developing grant applications to VA Merit Review, VA HSR&D, the National Institutes of Health, or other agencies.
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Communique Newsletter
Monthly electronic newsletter distributed to VISN 16 facilities, their mental health services, MIRECC research and education affiliates, university affiliates and others interested in mental health research and education.
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Mental Health Practice, Research and Education Portal (MH PREP)
VA intranet website medical center and community-based outpatient clinic mental health providers can access the latest information on continuing education opportunities and resources to improve delivery of mental health care.
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CBOC Mental Health Rounds
Accredited webinars held on the second Wednesday and Thursday of each month for providers who work in VA community-based outpatient clinics.
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Clinical Education Grants Program
Funds clinicians and educators to develop innovative educational interventions, enhance current educational materials or programs that target underserved or hard-to-reach populations, or improv the health care delivery system.
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Clinical Education Products
Products developed through the Clinical Education Grants Program are offered to mental health providers and consumers by download or request at no charge.
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Consumer Advisory Board
Advises the South Central MIRECC and the VISN 16 Mental Health Product Line (MHPL) in the development of educational programs and improvement of clinical services that benefit Veterans, and educates Veterans, consumers, and their families about MIRECC and MHPL accomplishments.
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