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VISN 5 MIRECC - Small Grants Program for Recovery


About Us • Clinical • Education • Research


The VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) was formed in 1999 and is one of ten MIRECCs in the Veterans Health Administration, each mandated by Congress to improve the provision of mental health care to Veterans through research, education, and clinical activities. The VISN 5 MIRECC focuses on research, training, and services for Veterans with serious mental illnesses, especially schizophrenia, and their families.

In early 2005, in response to the VA's Action Agenda to transform VA mental health services to a recovery model, the VISN 5 MIRECC initiated various activities to support and encourage recovery-oriented efforts across the VISN, including this Small Grants Program. The purpose of the Small Grants Program is to catalyze, through one-year grants, VA clinical innovations and educational projects that foster the development of recovery-oriented mental health services in VISN 5.

For more information about the Small Grants Program for Recovery, including formal Proposal Submission Guidelines, please click on the following link:

Small Grant Project Example: Warriors Tattoos and the Stories They Tell

Warriors Tattoos and the Stories They Tell

Dr. Jacqueline Cleland and a dedicated group of Veterans and staff at the Martinsburg VAMC have created a powerful set of recovery stories and photographic portraits grounded in the personal meanings of Veterans’ tattoos. Funding from the VISN-5 MIRECC Small Grants Program for Recovery Innovations was combined with significant in-kind contributions from Martinsburg to create this exhibit. The multi-media collection includes a booklet titled Warriors, Tattoos, and the Stories they Tell, highlighting each of the featured Veterans and their stories. Dr. Cleland remarked, “Our hope is that this Veteran inspired project will foster curiosity, encourage dialog, and broaden understanding with its distinctly visual display of personal narratives.” The photos will be on display at multiple VA sites within VISN 5 in coming months.