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The BeST Center's Mission

The mission of the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center is to promote recovery and improve the lives of as many people with schizophrenia as possible by accelerating the adoption of evidence-based and promising practices. To achieve our mission, we work with mental health consumers, family members, expert consultants, policy makers and mental health partners throughout Ohio. To learn more about the BeST Center, please click here.

Stories of Inspiration and Hope

When treated with a combination of medications and psychosocial therapies, people affected by schizophrenia can and do improve their lives. Learn more from Tiffany and from other inspiring stories.

BeST Center News and Activities

Moving in the BeST Direction: Altering the Course of Schizophrenia, A one-day conference

Join the BeST Center on June 9, 2015, for Moving in the BeST Direction: Altering the Course of Schizophrenia, a one-day conference on attenuated psychosis syndrome and early intervention for schizophrenia. The conference will include presentations by experts from the National Institute of Mental Health, Columbia University Medical Center, the University of Pittsburgh and the BeST Center's affiliated FIRST early identification and treatment of psychosis teams. The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the NEOMED Education and Wellness (NEW) Center on NEOMED's Rootstown, Ohio, campus. 

For more details, including the full agenda, information about continuing education and links to the registration form, please click here. 

FIRST News Update

Check out the latest FIRST programs news in the FIRST News Update. 

The BeST Kind of Help: Tools and Tips for Schizophrenia Recovery

The BeST Kind of Help: Tools and Tips for Schizophrenia Recovery is written by individuals with lived experience of schizophrenia in cooperation with the BeST Center. The authors are Karen Curlis, L.S.W, Frederick J. Frese III, Ph.D., Lisa Marie Griffin, Ron Rett and Linda Robinson.

To view the online version of The BeST Kind of Help: Tools and Tips for Schizophrenia Recovery, please click here.

 Resource for Family and Friends 

The BeST Kind of Help: Tips for Family Members and Friends of Individuals Affected by Schizophrenia, a publication developed by family members with loved ones affected by schizophrenia in consultation with the BeST Center at NEOMED is now available. To download a free copy, please click here

Integrated Community Psychiatry and Primary Care Fellowship 

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Departments of Psychiatry and Family and Community Medicine are offering a post-residency Integrated Community Psychiatry and Primary Care Fellowship that seeks to embed the values of health care integration into the core professional identity of future clinical and administrative leaders.

The fellowship is a one-year training program that will begin in July 2015. Graduates of primary care (family, internal, pediatric medicine and others) or psychiatry residencies are encouraged to apply. Post-residency practicing physicians interested in enhancing their public sector careers are also welcome to apply.

Fellows will be full-time, paid employees of a Northeast Ohio organization providing integrated primary care and mental health and/or addictions treatment. Salaries will vary depending on the placement, but are projected to be commensurate to that of attending-level physician.

Please visit this page or contact for more information. 

The Thought Record

The Thought Record is a newsletter for the ever-increasing number of mental health professionals who are using of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBT-p) and Cognitive Behavioral techniques for psychosis (CBt-p). Read the latest edition here. 

Most Recent Department of Psychiatry Free Associations Newsletter

Catch up on all the latest BeST Center news and more in the newest edition of Free Associations, the Department of Psychiatry newsletter. 

Follow the BeST Center's Integrated Care Discussion on Twitter

Join a conversation about integrated primary and mental health care!

Follow us on Twitter at MH/PC Integration @BeST_IHC.

For the BeST Center's News and Activities Archives, please click here.