VISN 20 NW MIRECC
Northwest Mental Ilness Research, Education, and Clinical Center
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 putting our research findings and educational programs into practice throughout VISN 20.
NW MIRECC clinicians are essential for the diagnosis and management of mental health conditions in VISN 20. 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 PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), substance use disorders, chronic pain, and dementia. They have particular expertise in the off-label use of the blood-pressure medication prazosin for PTSD. NW MIRECC specialty clinics also offer clinicians in-depth training in the diagnosis and management of mental health conditions.
|Occasionally Veterans face challenges that perplex their mental health providers at the VA. To assist providers with these more difficult cases, experts at the NW MIRECC developed the Mental Illness Consultation Program (MICON). In this program, VA clinicians may contact NW MIRECC consultants with academic questions concerning a mental health topic or with clinical questions concerning unusual, complex, or difficult patient issues. A NW MIRECC investigator then returns the provider's call or email within 48 hours and provides a free one-on-one consultation. MICON specializes in non-urgent psychiatric case consultation in PTSD, mTBI, dementia, and other areas in mental health.|