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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.