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VISN 5 MIRECC – Putting Recovery into Practice

Welcome to the VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Website. The VISN 5 MIRECC is part of a nationwide program funded by Congress to improve health care and mental health care for all Veterans with mental illness. The mission of the VISN 5 MIRECC is to support and enhance the recovery and community functioning of Veterans with serious mental illness. Our integrated programs of research, education, and clinical training and consultation focus on the development, evaluation, and implementation of recovery-oriented evidence-based treatments and services for these Veterans.


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About Us • Clinical • Education • Research

Featured Educational Products

  • Social Skills Training Resources
    Social Skills Training (SST) is a treatment procedure that has been developed to directly address social problem-solving skills deficits with the goal of enhancing social functioning. SST interventions are tailored to meet the real-life, current-day difficulties that affect the social experiences of each Veteran, but several common core elements are present regardless of which specific skills are being taught. In general, SST is a highly structured educational procedure that employs didactic instruction, breaking skills down into discrete steps, modeling, behavioral rehearsal (role-playing), and social reinforcement.
  • EASE-ing Self-Stigma Resources
    Self-Stigma is the harm caused when people start to define themselves by the stereotypes they are exposed to. It interferes greatly with wellness, recovery and treatment. EASE is a 90 minute program for all staff in practical ways you can help people you serve reduce or avoid the effects of self-stigma.
  • Ending Self Stigma (ESS) Resources and Manual
    ESS was developed by a team from the VISN-5 MIRECC and the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry to translate research on reducing the harmful effects of mental illness stigmatization into practical strategies that people can use. The above link will take you to further details and program materials.


Mental Health Links

Mental Health Recovery

MIRECC Matters Newsletter

Small Grants Program for Recovery

Veterans Giving Back

Veterans' Resources

Bipolar Disorder Information

Coaching into Care 1-888-823-7458

eBenefits My Gateway to Benefit Information

Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D)

Help for Homeless Veterans 877-4AID-VET (877) 424-3838

Moving Forward - Overcoming Life's Challenges

PTSD Information

Returning Service Members

Schizophrenia Information

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