VISN 5 MIRECC - About the VISN 5 MIRECC
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. Our commitment to putting recovery into practice currently focuses around five major areas of emphasis: 1. Health and Wellness; 2. Family-Oriented Services; 3. Stigma; 4. Psychopharmacology and Neurobiological Bases of Serious Mental Illness, and; 5. Treatment and Community Engagement. To support this mission, our MIRECC built an integrated infrastructure to develop and advance coordinated programs of research, education, and clinical training and consultation. The conceptual framework developed to guide our quality of care focus called for an iterative process involving a continuous feedback loop starting with clinical research leading to the development of best practices followed by education and clinical training to support dissemination of such practices. The impacts of these practices on services, outcomes and costs are evaluated via health services research, which in turn are directed back to clinical scientists to stimulate further study and the development of new knowledge and improved treatments and services.
The VISN 5 MIRECC is centered at the Baltimore Division of the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS), and involves substantial integration with the scientific expertise on serious mental illness and mental health services at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. MIRECC activities are operational across the entire VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5). For more information about the VISN 5 MIRECC, please click on the following links: