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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.

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Social Functioning: Key to Understanding Mental Health Symptoms and Personal Recovery for People with Serious Mental Illness

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.

To visit the Link webpage click here.

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.

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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