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*Updated Dec 2016* A Product from the VA TBI Special Committee:Primary Care Reference Guide for Accessing Mental Health Care Services for Patients with TBI
Dr. John Lynch (MIRECC Faculty, Richmond site) lead the team that was awarded a MIRECC Clinical Education Grant in 2011 to support dissemination of a PTSD treatment model that emphasizes functional and adaptive coping skills. As a result of that proposal, the PTSD Recovery Program treatment manuals (patient and therapist editions) were developed and distributed. This program has been very well received and has been implemented in several VA facilities since then. Users report positive results, and Dr. Lynch has submitted the program to the new VHA Promising Practices Consortium. An upcoming article in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (November 2015) will discuss outcome statistics demonstrating improvements on an adaptive behavior checklist developed by Dr. Lynch, the PCL-M, the MAPS, and a self-efficacy scale.
The Mid-Atlantic (VISN 6) MIRECC is a translational research, education and clinical center that develops and applies scientific knowledge and best practices to enhance post-deployment mental health and wellness for our Nation's Veterans and their families. The Center is dedicated to collaboration within and beyond the MIRECC to ensure that shared knowledge and skills create national resources to address post-deployment mental illness and related problems.The central campus is located at the Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Staff and collaborators are also located at the Salisbury, Richmond, Hampton and Salem VA Medical Centers.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 profoundly affected the United States in many ways. By the Fall of 2003, it was evident that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would change the current and future healthcare needs of Service Members and Veterans for both VHA and the Department of Defense (DoD). When VA released a call for proposals for new Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECCs) in late Fall of 2003, VISN 6 Mental Health (MH) leaders knew that addressing post-deployment mental health (PDMH) was most crucial to Veterans’ health for not only immediate interventions, but would be critical for decades to come. The MIRECC was awarded to the VISN 6 team of collaborative investigators at the Durham (hub site), Salisbury, Richmond and Hampton VAMCs with funding beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2005. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continued, it became increasingly evident that post-deployment mental health (PDMH) issues were emerging in large numbers and that VHA needed to learn more about the neurobiology, assessment, novel treatments, and reintegration strategies after war-time service.