Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Care (MIRECC)
The MIRECC is a VA Center of Excellence with hubs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with collaborators at the other 8 major medical centers and community based outpatient centers in the VISN 4 network. The VISN 4 MIRECC focuses on improving treatment of Veterans with psychiatric disorders and comorbid substance abuse and/or medical disorders through a range of new clinical demonstration projects, educational programs, and research initiatives. The VISN 4 MIRECC is one of 10 such national Centers of Excellence funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Department of Psychiatry's Center for the Studies of Addiction has had a long-standing collaboration with MIRECC. Currently, David W. Oslin, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, is the Director of the Mental Illness, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) of the VA's Stars & Stripes Network (VISN 4). Dr. Oslin is an expert in the treatment of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders in the primary care setting, particularly among older adults. He has been an active Philadelphia-based investigator in the MIRECC since its inception in 1999, and has served as Acting Director of the MIRECC for the last 9 months.