MIRECC / CoE
MIRECC Presents CEU's and Accreditation
Accreditation, Planning Committee Members, Continuing Education Units, and Disclosure Statement
MIRECC Presents is an accredited Continuing Education webinar series on mental health topics provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN 20) Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (NW MIRECC) in collaboration with the VA Institute for Learning, Education and Development (ILEAD).
Statement of Participation
A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants and accreditation records will be on file at ILEAD. In order to receive a certificate of completion from ILEAD, you must register in the TMS, attend 100% of the program and complete the evaluation as directed, and then: go into your Completed Work, hover over the title, and choose View Details to print your accredited certificate.
Report of Training
It is the program participant’s responsibility to ensure that this training is documented in the appropriate location according to his/her locally prescribed process.
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education (JA IPCE) In support of improving patient care, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Note: ANCC continuing nursing education contact hours are not accepted by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) toward license renewal for CA-licensed registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses (APNs), unless the CA-licensed nurse-participants are physically outside of the state of CA when they start and complete activities sponsored by an ANCC accredited provider of continuing education for nurses. Please note: Due to the aforementioned restriction, all Face-to Face and Live Virtual courses streaming from California for a California audience must be designated for CA BRN in addition to ANCC.
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM), Provider #5927. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
Planning Committee Members
Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director of Research and Co-Associate Director of Education, VA VISN 20 Northwest Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
VA Northwest Network MIRECC, VISN 20
Planning Member for ACCME
Courtney Covey Lewis, MSN, RN, CNL, NEA-BC
Nurse Director/Associate Chief Nurse Executive
VA Portland Health Care System
Planning Member for ANCC
Benjamin Morasco, Ph.D.
Co-Associate Director of Education, VA VISN 20 Northwest Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
VA Portland Health Care System
Planning Member for APA, NYSED-P, NBCC
Melissa Tell, LCSW
Patient Care Line Manager for Vancouver Outpatient Mental Health
VA Portland Healthcare System Vancouver, WA
Planning Member for ASWB and NYSED
Designation of Continuing Education Units
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education (JA IPCE) This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change. (JA IPCE might not be recognized by all state boards. Please also print your accredited certificate for your professional practice for re-licensure purpose.)
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ACCME non-physician certificate option (ACCME-NP) This course provides Category 1 AMA Physicians Recognition Award™ CME credit (ACCME) for physicians. ACCME – NP (or ACCME-Non-Physician) may be used to provide attendees other than MDs, DOs a certificate that documents their attendance, and indicates that the accredited provider offered Category 1 AMA Physicians Recognition Award™ CME credit for the course or activity. ACCME – Non-Physician refers to healthcare professionals other than physicians.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) designates this educational activity for 1.0 contact hours in continuing nursing education. Note: ANCC continuing nursing education contact hours are not accepted by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) toward license renewal for CA-licensed registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses (APNs), unless the CA-licensed nurse-participants are physically outside of the state of CA when they start and complete activities sponsored by an ANCC accredited provider of continuing education for nurses. Please note: Due to the aforementioned restriction, all Face-to Face physically taking place in CA and Live Virtual courses streaming from California for a California audience must be designated for CA BRN in addition to ANCC.
American Psychological Association (APA) The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Veterans Health Administration maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity is approved for 1.0 hour(s) of continuing education credit.
New York State Education Department (NYSED) State Board for Psychology Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0144. Psychologists will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hours for participating in this course.
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
New York State Education Department Social Work Board (NYSED) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0065. Social workers will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hours for participating in this course.
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) Provider #5927 and designates this approved activity for 1.0 clock hour(s).
Veterans Health Administration must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its individually sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities. All prospective faculty and planning committee members participating in a Veterans Health Administration activity must disclose any relevant financial relationship or other relationship with: (a) the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and / or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation, and (b) any commercial supporters of the activity. All financial relationships include, but is not limited to, such things as personal receipt of grants or research support, employee or consultant status, stockholder, member of speakers’ bureau, within the prior 24 months. Veterans Health Administration is responsible for collecting such information from prospective planners and faculty, evaluating the disclosed information to determine if a relevant financial relationship is present and, if a relevant financial relationship is present, to mitigate such relationship. Information regarding such disclosures and the mitigation of the relevant financial relationship for planners and faculty shall be disclosed to activity participants. When an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved by the FDA for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, Veterans Health Administration shall require the speaker to disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational. The faculty and planning committee members reported that they had no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organization in any amount that occurred within the past 24 months that create a conflict of interest.
VISN 20 encompasses 23% of the US land mass with medical centers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. VISN 20 is home to 273 federally recognized American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes, 229 of which are located in Alaska. Serving 135 counties, VISN 20 is the largest geographic region of VA spanning three time zones, across 817,417 square miles, including Del Norte County California and Lincoln County Montana. In the fall of 1997, VISN 20 leaders from VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) and the Portland VA Health Care System (VAPORHCS) were commissioned by Congress and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish one of the first three Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (MIRECCs) in the United States. VAPSHCS serves Veterans from a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest with two main divisions: American Lake VA Medical Center and Seattle VA Medical Center. VA Outpatient Clinics and Vet Centers in Washington are located in Bellingham, Bellevue, Bremerton, Chehalis, Edmunds, Everett, Federal Way, Lacey, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Port Angeles, Puyallup, Richland, Renton, Silverdale, Seattle, Spokane, Union Gap, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, and Yakima. Veterans in Washington are also served by VA Medical Centers in Spokane, Vancouver, and Walla Walla. VAPORHCS serves Veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington with two main divisions: Portland VA Medical Center and Vancouver VA Medical Center. VA Outpatient Clinics and Vet Centers in Oregon are located in Bend, Boardman, Brookings, Enterprise, Eugene, Fairview, Grants Pass, Hines, Hillsboro, Klamath Falls, LaGrande, Lincoln City, Newport, Portland, Salem, The Dalles, Warrenton, and West Linn. Veterans in Oregon are also served by VA Medical Centers in Roseburg, White City, and Vancouver, Washington.
VA provides health care for Veterans from providers in the local community outside of VA. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a community provider when VA cannot provide the care needed. VA launched its new and improved Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP) on June 6, 2019, implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act), which both ended the Veterans Choice Program and established VCCP. Types of care under the new VCCP include General Community Care, Urgent Care, Emergency Care, Foreign Medical Care, Home Health and Hospice Care, Indian and Tribal Health Services, In Vitro Fertilization, State Veterans Home, and Flu Shots. Veterans work with their VA health care provider or other VA staff to see if they are eligible to receive community care based on new criteria. The VA Community Care Network (CCN) is VA’s direct link with community providers to ensure Veterans receive timely, high-quality care.
Vet Centers in the VISN 20 Health Care Network are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active-duty Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Space Force service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. 1-877-WAR-VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where Veterans, service members and their families can talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in transitioning after military service or trauma and get connected to their nearest Vet Center.
Vet Centers in VISN 20
Vet Centers provide counseling to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. If you can’t make it to a nearby Vet Center, VA offers satellite Vet Center locations and Mobile Vet Centers that may be closer to you.
Anchorage Vet Center (Anchorage, AK)
Anchorage Satellite Vet Centers in Anchor Point and Homer
Fairbanks Vet Center (Fairbanks, AK)
Fairbanks Satellite Vet Centers in Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright
Kenai Vet Center Outstation (Soldotna, AK)
Wasilla Vet Center (Wasilla, AK)
Central Oregon Vet Center (Bend, OR)
Eugene Vet Center (Eugene, OR)
Eugene Satellite Vet Centers in Florence and Reedsport
Grants Pass Vet Center (Grants Pass, OR)
Grants Pass Satellite Vet Center in Cave Junction and Grants Pass Mobile Vet Center
Portland, OR Vet Center (Portland, OR)
Portland Satellite Vet Centers in Oregon City, St. Helens, and Vancouver, Washington
Salem Vet Center (Salem, OR)
Boise Vet Center (Boise, ID)
Boise Satellite Vet Center in Ontario, Oregon and Boise Mobile Vet Center
Spokane Satellite Vet Centers in Couer d'Alene, Kootenai, Post Falls, Fairchild AFB, and Newport, Washington
Bellingham Vet Center (Bellingham, WA)
Everett Vet Center (Everett, WA)
Federal Way Vet Center (Federal Way, WA)
Lacey Vet Center Outstation (Lacey, WA)
Seattle Vet Center (Seattle, WA)
Spokane Vet Center (Spokane, WA)
Spokane Satellite Vet Centers in Fairchild AFB, Newport, Post Falls and Couer d'Alene, Idaho
Tacoma Vet Center (Tacoma, WA)
Vancouver Vet Center - Washington State University, Clark County (Vancouver, WA)
Walla Walla Vet Center (Walla Walla, WA)
Yakima Valley Vet Center (Yakima, WA)
Yakima Satellite Vet Center in Ellensburg
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