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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

Applications for Integrated Community Psychiatry and Primary Care Fellowship Being Accepted

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Departments of Psychiatry and Family and Community Medicine are reminding you that July 2016 is rapidly approaching! Applications for the Integrated Community Psychiatry and Primary Care Fellowship that will begin July 1, 2016, are being accepted on an ongoing basis.This one-year, post-residency training program seeks to embed the values of health care integration into the core professional identity of future clinical and administrative leaders. The fellowship program receives support from a Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program Healthcare Access Initiative (MEDTAPP HCA) continuation grant. 

Individuals in their final year of residency training as well as post-residency practicing physicians with an interest in enhancing their public sector careers are encouraged to apply. Prior to beginning the fellowship, applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited training program in psychiatry or primary care (family, internal, pediatric medicine and others) and be able to obtain a Ohio medical license by the start of the fellowship.

Fellows are employees of an organization providing integrated primary care and mental health and/or addictions treatment. They will dedicate four and a half days per week to clinical work and program development and a half day to didactics and supervision. Salaries vary depending on the placement, but are commensurate to that of an attending-level physician. This is not an ACGME-accredited fellowship.

Individuals interested in applying for the fellowship opportunity can find more detailed information here or by contacting  

BeST Center Featured in Webinar 

The BeST Center participated in a webinar “Methodological and Practical Issues in Population Based Programming: Incidence, Engagement, Penetration and Outreach Effectiveness”  Sept. 8. To view the archived webinar, please click here. 

New Information Resource Available for First-Episode Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care

Building Upon Existing Programs and Services to Meet the Needs of Persons Experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis, by BeST Center Director Lon C. Herman, M.A., and Associate Director Vicki Montesano, Ph.D., is available by clicking here. This resource includes practical guidance related to the clinical, financial and operational aspects of implementing coordinated specialty care programs for first-episode psychosis. 

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

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. 

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