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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.




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 - Measurement Based Mental Health Care
Measurement Based Mental Health Care – The focus of our Center is the study and implementation of Measurement Based Mental Health Care with an emphasis on precision mental health care. Measurement-based care refers to the use of biomarkers, clinical assessments and patient self-assessments to guide the tailoring of treatments for mental health conditions. Our Center conducts research, education and training programs, and clinical programs built on research findings in collaboration with regional VA facilities and university affiliates.
David Oslin, MD, Director
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 823-5894
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
University Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 360-2854
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
Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention (VISN 19)
Suicide Prevention - The mission of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention is to study suicide with the goal of reducing suicidality in the veteran population. To carry out this mission, members of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention 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
Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention
Eastern Colorado Health Care System
1055 Clermont Street
Denver, CO 80220
VISN 20 MIRECC - Military PTSD and its Complex Comorbidities
Military PTSD and its Complex Comorbidities - The mission of the VISN 20 NW MIRECC is to improve the health and well-being of Veterans by developing, evaluating, and disseminating novel effective treatments for military posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its complex comorbidities. The most prominent of these comorbidities is repetitive blast mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI); others are alcohol use disorder (AUD), chronic pain (in particular, post-concussive headaches), cognitive impairment, and increased risk for neurodegenerative disorders (chronic traumatic encephalopathy [CTE] and Alzheimer’s disease [AD]). The knowledge produced by NW MIRECC research efforts is disseminated through web-based and face-to-face educational offerings, and directly implemented in our specialty clinics throughout the Northwest. Our work is possible through productive collaborations with local and national academic, government, industry, military, and community partners..
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)
The Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention
COE for Suicide Prevention – The mission of the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention (COE) is to apply a multifaceted public health approach that emphasizes research, surveillance, health communications, and education to reduce Veteran suicide.
Wilfred R. Pigeon, PhD
CoE Executive Director
VA Medical Center, Canandaigua, NY
VISN 17 CoE - Research on Returning War Veterans
The VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans (CoE) is a unified scientific and educational center of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs dedicated to the understanding and treatment of the mental health problems associated with combat exposure, such as PTSD, TBI, moral injury, and depression. The CoE utilizes multiple levels of analysis to examine the biochemical, neurological, and psychological bases for these problems and to develop new interventions based on this research. The CoE is also dedicated to training the next generation of scientists-practitioners and in guiding the VA regarding evidence-based practice.
Michael Russell
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
VISN 22 Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health CESAMH Investigators have the utmost respect for the sacrifices made by Veterans and their families, and consequently, we aspire for a future in which all Veterans will flourish in the years after their service. In our efforts to optimize the well-being and functioning of Veterans, CESAMH conducts integrated neurobiological and psychosocial science to develop, evaluate and disseminate treatment for trauma-related conditions. Ultimately, we hope to support medical and psychosocial services that are easily accessed, proficiently delivered, and individually tailored to the needs of the Veterans and their families. Our mission is to optimize the well-being and functioning of Veterans, CESAMH conducts integrated neurobiological and psychosocial science to develop, evaluate and disseminate treatment for trauma-related conditions.
Acting Director - Ariel J. Lang, PhD, MPH 
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
VA Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program
Providing care for Veterans at risk of suicide may feel like a daunting responsibility. Why worry alone?
The Rocky Mountain MIRECC offers free consultation for any provider (community as well as VA) who works with Veterans.
Tools + Support + Evidence-based Knowledge = Better Outcomes
Contact them at
Lethal Means Safety & Suicide Prevention
Lethal means are objects (e.g., medications, firearms, sharp objects) that can be used to engage in Suicidal Self-Directed Violence (S-SDV), including suicide attempts. Facilitating lethal means safety is an essential component of effective suicide prevention. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is leading the way to both prevent fatal (death by suicide) and non-fatal (e.g., suicide attempts) suicidal behaviors among Veterans, and training healthcare professionals to promote lethal means safety among those at risk for suicide.
The TBI Toolkit for Veterans, Families, Caregivers and Providers
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant public health concern. This toolkit provides necessary information to address the needs of individuals with a history of TBI and co-occurring mental health conditions. The toolkit specifically emphasizes TBI in justice-involved and Military/Veteran populations. Community mental health clinicians’, justice-involved professionals’, and Military/Veteran experts’ input was integral in identifying areas of focus. This toolkit is designed to assist professionals in identifying TBI and associated co-occurring problems and to facilitate determining potential need for further evaluation and/or treatment/case planning modification. In addition, relevant information and resources for families/support systems are available.
How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family
If there has been a recent suicide attempt in your family, this may be one of the toughest experiences you and your children may ever face. It is important to take care of yourself, so that you are better able to care for your child.
This guide is intended to provide you with some of that support, and also share other resources that may be helpful for you now and as your family recovers. The guide is not intended to replace professional mental health advice. In fact, it may be best to use this along with professional support if you or your child is struggling with how to talk about this difficult subject.