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Our MIRECC remains dedicated to putting recovery into practice. One area that we have rededicated our Center to is the dissemination of recovery-oriented information and products to both Veterans and the clinicians serving them. We want to reach a broader audience and point individuals to recovery resources created by our Center and those developed outside of our efforts that support our mission. To help us reach those goals we have recently hired a Communications Specialist and we are realigning the focus of our MIRECC Matters newsletter to better serve as a recovery resource. Therefore, whenever possible we will make sure that our articles point interested readers toward resources that enhance or support the recovery of individuals with serious mental illness. If there is local news we want to share, we will do our best to provide information on how that news is recovery-oriented.
In the current issue we direct readers to recovery related updates to our website, such as our partnership with the Mental Health Lived Experience Community of Practice. In this issue, we also report on how our Center supports the dissemination of evidenced-based practices through our Small Grants for Recovery program. We are particularly excited to introduce a new feature, “Straight from the Investigator,” focused on providing information on recovery focused research efforts from our Center outlined directly from the researcher themselves. Additionally, the format of our newsletter is now more streamlined allowing you, the reader, the opportunity to scroll more efficiently through the content and make informed choices to read more about the areas that are interesting to each of you. Going forward, we also hope to create a clear path in which we could hear feedback on topics that interest you, our readers, the most.
To the VA clinicians, thank you for your service to our nation’s Veterans. To all of you, thank you for your readership. We hope you find our newsletter a useful resource for Putting Recovery into Practice.