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MIRECC/CoE Overview


Mission Statement

To generate new knowledge about the causes and treatments of mental disorders, apply new findings to model clinical programs, and widely disseminate new findings through education to improve the quality of veterans’ lives and their daily functioning in their recovering from mental illness.

Additionally, a fact sheet for the Mental Health Centers of Excellence can be downloaded.



Special Program

VISN 1 MIRECC - Dual Diagnosis
Dual Diagnosis - The mission of the VISN 1 New England MIRECC is to improve mental health treatments and access to services for dually diagnosed Veterans who have mental health and addiction issues as well as related issues such as VA-compensated disabilities, homelessness, criminal justice histories, and medical co-morbidities. We aim to: (1) better understand the prevalence and consequences of co-occurring addictions and mental illness; (2) improve the treatment of dually-diagnosed Veterans by developing innovative new treatments; (3) devise more effective ways to deliver established treatments; and (4) create more effective programs by training VA health care professionals in therapies with proven efficacy.
Mehmet Sofuoglu, M.D., Ph.D., Director
VISN 1 New England MIRECC
(203) 937-4809
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
950 Campbell Avenue (151D)
Building 35, Lower Level, Rm. 35
West Haven, CT 06516
VISN 3 MIRECC - Serious Mental Illnesses
Serious Mental Illnesses - The focus is on maximizing recovery for veterans with Serious Mental Illnesses (SMI) by bringing research into practice. Our aim, to reveal the causes and most effective treatments of serious mental illnesses, is accomplished through collaborations between four core domains: research, education, clinical interventions, and evaluation.
Larry Siever, M.D., Director
James J Peters VA Medical Center
130 W. Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 584-9000, extension 5227
VISN 4 MIRECC - Comorbidity (co-occurrence) of psychiatric disorders with physical illness and/or substance use disorders
Information Sheet
Comorbidity (co-occurrence) of psychiatric disorders with physical illness and/or substance use disorders - The focus of our Center is the treatment and prevention of comorbid medical, mental health, and/or substance use disorders, with the aim of improving the mental and physical health, quality of life, and outcomes of healthcare services for veterans with mental illness. This is accomplished through: translational neuroscience, other clinical research, and health services research; education and training programs; clinical programs built on research findings; and involvement of the 10 VA Medical Centers (eight spoke VAMCs as well as the two host sites and collaborating universities).
David Oslin, M.D., Director
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 823-5800, x5894
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
7180 Highland Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 954-5352
VISN 5 MIRECC - Serious Mental Illness & Recovery
Information Sheet
Serious Mental Illness & Recovery - 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.
Richard W. Goldberg, Ph.D., Director
VA Maryland Health Care System
Attn: Baltimore VA Annex, 7th Floor
10 N. Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 637-1850
VISN 6 MIRECC - Post-Deployment Mental Illness
Post-Deployment Mental Illness - The Mid-Atlantic MIRECC is organized as a translational medicine center in which the overarching goal is the clinical assessment and treatment of post-deployment mental illness and related problems, and the development of novel mental health interventions through basic and clinical research. This MIRECC aims: (1) To determine whether early intervention in post-deployment mental health is effective in forestalling the development or decreasing the severity of postdeployment mental illness, (2) To determine what neuroimaging, genetic, neurocognitive, or other characteristics predict the development of post-deployment mental illness, and (3) To assess the longitudinal course of post-deployment mental illness.
John A. Fairbank, PhD, Director
Mid-Atlantic MIRECC
VA Medical Center
508 Fulton Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-0411, extension 6154
VISN 16 MIRECC - Serving Rural and Other Underserved Populations
Information Sheet
Serving Rural and Other Underserved Populations - To promote equity in engagement, access, and quality of mental health care for Veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural Veterans. The South Central MIRECC’s organizational structure has four major components: Research, Education, Improving Clinical Care, and Research Training.
Mark E. Kunik, MD, MSPH, Director
South Central MIRECC
VA Medical Center (16MIR-NLR)
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72114
(501) 257-1223
VISN 19 MIRECC - Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention - The mission of the VISN 19 MIRECC is to study suicide with the goal of reducing suicidality in the veteran population. To carry out this mission, members of the VISN 19 MIRECC: 1) focus on cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings that may contribute to suicidality; 2) develop evidence-based educational and clinical materials to identify and optimally treat veterans who are suicidal; 3) provide consultation regarding assessment and treatment planning for highly suicidal veterans; 4) mentor researchers in the area of suicidology; and 5) collaborate with others in the study and treatment of veterans who are at risk of suicide.
Lisa Brenner Ph.D. ABPP
Eastern Colorado Health Care System
1055 Clermont Street
Denver, CO 80220
VISN 20 MIRECC - Schizophrenia, PTSD and Dementia
Schizophrenia, PTSD and Dementia - The Northwest MIRECC applies modern genetic, neurobiologic and clinical trial methodology to the discovery and development of new and more effective treatments for major and often treatment resistant mental disorders afflicting veterans and the active duty combat personnel who will become veterans. Translational research efforts focus on treatment for PTSD and its substance abuse comorbidities (alcohol and tobacco); the chronic behavioral consequences of mTBI and its objective diagnosis through biomarkers; the elderly veteran with agitated dementia; and schizophrenia and the adverse metabolic consequences of antipsychotic drug therapy.
Murray A. Raskind, M.D., Director
Northwest MIRECC
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-2067
VISN 21 MIRECC - PTSD and Dementia
PTSD and Dementia - The mission of the Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (SPMIRECC) is to build an integrated system of clinical, research, and educational efforts to improve the clinical care for veterans with dementias and PTSD. Dementia and PTSD share common clinical symptoms including cognitive difficulties, sleep disorders and agitation and the SP-MIRECC aims to evaluate current approaches and develop new treatments for these clinical problems.
Jerome Yesavage, M.D., Director
Sierra Pacific MIRECC
Palo Alto VAHCS 151Y
3801 Miranda Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94304
VISN 22 MIRECC - Psychotic Disorders
Psychotic Disorders - The mission of the VISN 22, Desert Pacific MIRECC is to improve the long-term functional outcome of patients with chronic psychotic mental disorders, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and psychotic mood disorders. We approach this mission through an integrated program of research, education, and clinical programs aimed at translating findings from the research laboratory into improved clinical care. Moreover, our program spans the spectrum from basic brain biology to the organization of services for veterans.
Stephen R. Marder, M.D., Director
Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
11301 Wilshire Boulevard, #210A
Los Angeles, CA 90073


VISN 2 CoE - Center for Integrated Healthcare
Center for Integrated Healthcare - The CIH principal focus is on co-located collaborative care (CCC) where mental health providers (MHPs) (psychologists, social workers, or psychiatric prescribers) work side-by-side with medical primary care providers. CIH works collaboratively with other VA centers that specialize in care management of mental health disorders to successfully blend the two components.
Laura O. Wray, PhD, VHA/CM
Executive Director
Center for Integrated Healthcare
VA Western New York Healthcare System
Buffalo VA Medical Center
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
716-862-8598 (office)
716-341-1617 (mobile)
VISN 2 COE - Suicide Prevention
Information Sheet
Suicide Prevention - In August 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs established a Center of Excellence at Canandaigua (CoE), organized as a prevention and research center embracing the overreaching goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality in the Veteran population associated with suicide. To this end, the Center’s mission is to develop and study Veteran focused, evidenced based, public health approaches to suicide prevention. A public health approach is defined as the integration of broadly based population level interventions designed to reach all Veterans, with targeted approaches to reach subpopulations of Veterans at high risk for suicidal behaviors. The CoE at Canandaigua seeks to meet this mission through serving as a national, regional and local resource on suicide research and prevention and mental health through three key Cores: Epidemiology and Population Health Core, Clinical Interventions Core and Education, Training and Dissemination Core.
Kenneth Conner, PsyD, MPH 
Center of Excellence at Canandaigua,
Canandaigua VA Medical Center
400 Fort Hill Avenue, Canandaigua, NY 14424
VISN 17 CoE - Research on Returning War Veterans
Research on Returning War Veterans - The VISN 17 Center of Excellence (COE) for Research on Returning War Veterans was originated in 2006 when Congress instructed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to designate the Waco campus as a Center of Excellence to focus on mental health/post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) needs. The COE enables VA to consolidate personnel, training, and specialized resources in an efficient manner to improve knowledge related to treatment, prevention, rehabilitation, and clinical services to our nation’s veterans, with particular focus on those veterans returning from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (OEF/OIF).
VISN 17 Center of Excellence
VA Medical Center
4800 Memorial Drive (151C)
Waco, TX 76711
(254) 297-3586
VISN 22 CoE - Stress and Mental Health
Stress and Mental Health - In response to the increasing prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other stress-related mental health problems in veterans, the Veterans Administration in 2006 awarded the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and VISN 22 a Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health. This center consists of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, educators and researchers whose goal is to understand, prevent, and heal the effects of stress.
James B. Lohr, MD 
VA San Diego Healthcare System
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
(858) 642-3762


Coaching into Care
Coaching into Care is a free and confidential coaching service to help callers discover new ways to talk with their Veteran about their concerns and about treatment options.
Phone: 888-823-7458 - (Monday - Friday; 8am – 8pm Eastern Time)
General questions:
Request Coaching Into Care materials (information sheets and cards, letter inserts, magnets):
VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy
VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy is a national initiative that aims to acheive a more collaborative system of care for the benefit of Veterans and their families. The initiative is born out of understanding mental health and spirituality as interrelated aspects of overall health that are optimally attended to within a coordinated system of care. Through education, research, clinical activities, and policy work, the Mental Health and Chaplaincy program seeks to foster the development of a more integrated system of healthcare by involving and equipping care providers in each of the four domains.
Keith G. Meador, MD, ThM, MPH