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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter-  Winter 2020, Volume 22, Issue 1

Collage of images from the winter 2020 SC MIRECC newsletter

In This Issue

Meet Our New Associate Director for Improving Clinical Care: Q&A with Dr. Jeffrey Cully

We talk with Dr. Jeffrey Cully about his career background and his new role as our Associate Director for Improving Clinical Care. An SC MIRECC affiliate for many years, Dr. Cully discusses his experience in VA research and education and his goals for the Clinical Care Core.

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The Impact of a Caregiver’s Story

We talk to Sharon Urbina, a military caregiver who is on the cutting edge of participatory action research in VA, including playing a key role in the dissemination of research findings of Dr. Gala True's VA HSR&D-funded project, “From War to Home: The Impact of Invisible Injuries." Urbina’s journey illustrates the strength of caregivers and the benefits of involving caregivers and Veterans as partners in research.

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Research to Practice: Adapting CALM for CBOCs: An Iterative Approach

Read a summary of an article by SC MIRECC and VHA researchers, among others, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health, that describes the process used by the group to redesign the Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management (CALM) program for use by mental health providers in rural VHA community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). 

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In the Fall, 12 clinicians, researchers and staff in VISNs 16 and 17 were named recipients of the SC MIRECC awards for their contributions to the center in 2019. Congratulations to the awardees!

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Highlights from Our Anchor Sites

Affiliates from Houston, Little Rock, and New Orleans have been busy promoting mental health education, research, and treatment. Here, we highlight some of their accomplishments over the last three months.

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Telehealth Consultation Service for Patients with Persistent Psychosis Now Available at Sites in VISN 16

The National TeleMental Health Center TelePsychosis Service is now providing secure clinical video-telehealth consults to the Fayetteville, Arkansas, Houston, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi VA Medical Centers.

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Recent Publications

Check out 10 recent publications from our affiliates on topics that include panic disorder treatment, suicide prevention, PTSD, LGBT Veterans, CBT, and more.

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Pilot Study Grant Opportunity for VISN 16 and San Antonio Researchers

Pilot studies are a foundation for supporting large-scale, federally funded research. Our Pilot Study Research Program is a great opportunity for investigators who are interested in pilot funding for studies that aim to improve Veterans’ access to high quality mental health and substance use treatment services. Researchers in VISN 16 and those located in San Antonio, Texas (VISN 17) are invited to apply for a pilot study grant. The next deadline to submit a proposal is April 1, 2020.

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Research Methods and Analysis Consultation Services Available for VISN 16 and San Antonio Investigators

MIRECC Implementation, Design and Analysis Support (MIDAS) offers centralized design, methodologic and analytic support to VISN 16 investigators and investigators located in San Antonio, Texas (VISN 17) who are seeking intramural or extramural funding or conducting pilot projects.

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About Us

The mission of the South Central MIRECC is to promote equity in engagement, access, and quality of mental health care for Veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural Veterans. The Communiqué is published quarterly by the SC MIRECC Education Core. Contact us at

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