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South Central MIRECC Communique Newsletter

SC MIRECC Communique Newsletter- Fall 2020, Volume 22, Issue 4

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In This Issue

Substance Use Disorder Consultation Available from the National Telemental Health Center

Do you treat Veterans with at-risk substance use or complex Substance Use Disorder needs? Perhaps you are treating a Veteran with PTSD and co-occurring alcohol use that is interfering with successful recovery? Or, you are managing a Veteran on high dose opioids who is having difficulty with a taper? Or, a Veteran is hearing voices or experiencing paranoia in the context of stimulant or cannabis use? If so, then this article on the National Telemental Health Center (NTMHC) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Consultation Service is for you. This service links VA primary care and mental health providers and Veterans to subject matter experts in SUD treatment. 

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Consumer Advisory Board Spotlight: Mr. Terry Williams, Sr.

Our Consumer Advisory Board is composed of Veterans, caregivers of Veterans, and VA healthcare providers. Individual CAB members draw upon a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience to support leaders, researchers, educators and clinicians in VISN 16 in the development of educational programs, research materials and proposals, and clinical services that benefit Veterans and their families. In this issue, we take an in-depth look at Mr. Terry Williams, Sr., who has served on the CAB for more than 20 years.

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Highlights from Our Anchor Sites

Our affiliates in Houston, Little Rock, New Orleans, and VISN 17 work hard to promote mental health education, research, and treatment locally and nationally. Here are some highlights of their accomplishments over the past three months.

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New Vocational Training Manual and Updated Get Moving and Get Well Manual

Check out our COMPASS: Vocational Materials for Veterans with Barriers to Employment job readiness course for Veterans seeking employment. Also check out our updated Get Moving and Get Well Manual (2nd Edition) for Veterans living with psychotic disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, and severe posttraumatic stress disorder who have difficulty identifying and making use of opportunities for physical activity.

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Recent Publications

Check out 10 recent publications from our affiliates on topics that include caregivers, telemental health, rural health, COVID-19, and more.

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Pilot Study Research Grant Opportunity

Researchers in VISN 16 and those located in San Antonio, Texas (VISN 17) are invited to apply for a pilot study grant. Our program is intended to increase both the quantity and quality of federally funded research that will help us better understand the experiences of underserved Veterans and to support development and dissemination of evidence-based practices that can make a real difference in their lives. In addition to encouraging proposals addressing the needs of rural Veterans, we also encourage submission of proposals addressing the needs of other underserved and vulnerable Veteran populations, including those facing access barriers and/or disparities in the quality of mental healthcare due to age, race or ethnicity, birth sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status. The next deadline to submit an application is January 4, 2021.

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Research Methods and Analysis Consultation Services

Our MIRECC Implementation, Design and Analysis Support (MIDAS) program offers centralized design, methodologic and analytic support to VISN 16 researchers and those located in San Antonio, Texas (VISN 17) who are seeking intramural or extramural funding or conducting pilot projects. The MIDAS team is experienced in biostatistics, epidemiology, demography, psychometrics, qualitative methods, application of technology to research and education, and project implementation.

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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 VISN16SCMIRECCEducation@va.gov.

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