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Clinical Center | VA NW Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center

Veterans Affairs' Clinicians at Northwest MIRECC

The Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (NW MIRECC) improves the quality of life and functioning of Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its complex comorbidities by promoting our research findings and putting educational programs into practice.

Clinicians

The Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center clinicians are essential for the diagnosis and management of mental health conditions. They serve in mental health clinics as well as specialty clinics that provide a key space for the development and evaluation of new treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), substance use disorders, chronic pain, and dementia. NW MIRECC clinicians have particular expertise in the off-label use of the blood-pressure medication prazosin for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder . NW MIRECC specialty clinics also offer clinicians in-depth training in the diagnosis and management of mental health conditions.

MICON

Occasionally Veterans face challenges that perplex their mental health providers at the VA. To assist providers with these more difficult cases, experts at the Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center developed the Mental Illness Consultation Program (MICON). In this program, Veterans Affairs clinicians may contact the Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center consultants with academic questions concerning a mental health topic or with clinical questions concerning unusual, complex, or difficult patient issues. A NW MIRECC investigator will return the provider's call or email within 48 hours and provide a free one-on-one consultation. MICON specializes in non-urgent psychiatric case consultation in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), substance use disorders, chronic pain, dementia, and other areas in mental health.
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The mission of the Veterans Affairs VISN-20 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) is 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. The VA VISN 20 Northwest Health Network consists of four states across three time zones; Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. The primary research center located in VA Puget Sound Health Care System is affiliated with the University of Washington. VA Puget Sound serves Veterans from a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest with two main divisions: American Lake and Seattle. In addition to the main medical centers, VA Puget Sound provides health care services in Washington state at six community-based outpatient clinics in Bellevue, Bremerton, Federal Way, Mount Vernon, Port Angeles, and Seattle. The research center located at VA Portland Heath Care System is affiliated with the Oregon Health and Science University. VA Portland serves Veterans from Oregon and Southwest Washington with two main divisions: Portland and Vancouver. In addition to the main medical centers, VA Portland Health Care System provides health care services in Oregon state at ten outpatient clinics in Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, North Coast (Camp Rilea), Newport, Lincoln City, Portland, Salem, The Dalles, and West Linn. 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.

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