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VISN 5 MIRECC – Putting Recovery Into Practice

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The mission of the VISN 5 MIRECC is to collaborate with Veterans and stakeholders to support and enhance the recovery, longevity, health and wellness, and community functioning of Veterans with serious mental illness, defined as a diagnosis with a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that has substantially interfered with an individual’s daily life.

Our vision is to put recovery into practice for Veterans with serious mental illness.

Upcoming Openings

The VISN 5 MIRECC http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn5/ will be hiring two research investigators to join our vibrant and productive center located in Baltimore.

The mission of the VISN 5 MIRECC is to collaborate with Veterans and stakeholders to support and enhance the recovery, longevity, health and wellness, and community functioning of Veterans with serious mental illness, defined as a diagnosis with a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that has substantially interfered with an individual’s daily life.

Hired investigators will be responsible for the development and maintenance of a program of research focusing on one or more areas of expertise related to the MIRECC’s mission (e.g. serious mental illness, internalized stigma, first episode psychosis, implementation science, women’s mental health, health disparities, social determinants of health, substance use, older adults, complimentary and integrated services, peer services, trauma in serious mental illness, or other related topics). Investigators will be expected to secure VA Merit, foundation, and/or NIH sponsored research funding. The hired investigators will also be expected to assume administrative leadership positions as the Assistant Director of the Research Core or the Clinical Core. Investigators will also be expected to provide mentorship to post-doctoral fellows participating in the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment within our Center.

Although most of our current faculty are clinical and/or health services researchers, we welcome interest from any clinician and non-clinician researchers with expertise across the translational research spectrum. In addition to focusing on one or more of the areas aligned with our mission (detailed above), we are hoping to hire at least one investigator with expertise in qualitative methods.

For questions or additional information contact Richard Goldberg, Ph.D. (Director, VISN 5 MIRECC) at Richard.Goldberg@va.gov

Interested investigators should send their CV to Richard Goldberg, Ph.D. (Director, VISN 5 MIRECC) at Richard.Goldberg@va.gov

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Connecting Veterans to Community Care:
VA/Clubhouse Points of Contact

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Recovery happens in the community! The VISN 5 MIRECC is supporting innovative efforts to connect Veterans to community care. We have recently partnered with Jason Riddle, social worker in VISN 10, to promote VA facility partnerships with local Clubhouses through establishing VA/Clubhouse Points of Contact.



VA Connection Plans

Connection Plans

The VA Connection Plans intervention is an adaptation of the highly effective Suicide Safety Plans intervention and was created to assist older adults experiencing social isolation during COVID-19. It is designed to help older adults create a “Connection Plan” to cope with distress related to social isolation.


VISN 5 MIRECC Link: Ending Self-Stigma for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (ESS-P): Initial Outcomes

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The Link is a guiding link between VISN 5 MIRECC research outcomes and practice and treatment applications. It includes an overview of a research article and then links those findings to considerations for Veterans, Veteran Families and clinicians. Our newest Link is Ending Self-Stigma for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (ESS-P): Initial Outcomes. To visit the Link webpage click here.

Using the Guiding Principles of Recovery to Cope During Physical Distancing

SAMHSA Recovery Wheel: Hope, Person-Drive, Many Pathways, Holistic, Peer Support, Relational, Culture, Addresses Trauma, Strengths/Responsibilties, Respect.

This resource was developed to support Veterans, Veteran Families and Clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adapting to a national emergency and maintaining physical distancing can be challenging to mental health. This resource uses SAMHSA’s ten guiding principles of recovery to provide direction for how to cope, even in these challenging times.  For more Resource E-Blasts on Recovery in SMI, click here.

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