Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center
RSVP for May 22 Building on Family Strengths: Support, Education and Advocacy Ribbon-cutting
To RSVP for the May 22 Building on Family Strengths: Support, Education and Advocacy Ribbon-cutting at Murtis Taylor Human Services System, please click here.
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 from northeast Ohio. To learn more about the BeST Center, please click here.
BeST Center News and Activities
There will be two ribbon-cutting ceremonies to celebrate BeST practices that are offered in partnership with Northeast Ohio mental health agencies and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County.
To RSVP for the May 21 Training Workshop and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for the BeST practice of a Range of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Persistent Psychosis Interventions, please click here.
To RSVP for the May 22 Building on Family Strengths: Support, Education and Advocacy Ribbon-cutting, please click here.
Both of these events are part of the 2013 Schizophrenia Awareness Week observance. The BeST Center is working with a regional planning committee to plan multiple regional events again this year. To learn about other Schizophrenia Awareness Week activities, please visit this page.
FIRST Mahoning County Ribbon-cutting and Dedication Ceremony
Turning Point Counseling Services, the Mahoning County Mental Health Board, COMPASS Family & Community Services and the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center in the Department of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) have partnered to establish FIRST Mahoning County, a comprehensive, team-based, early identification and treatment program for individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony was held for FIRST Mahoning County on March 21.
To read the story about FIRST Mahoning County that ran in the Youngstown Vindicator, please click here.
To learn more about FIRST Mahoning County, please visit this page.
Family-to-Family Preview Sessions Offered in Cleveland's Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood
Family-to-Family Preview Sessions are part of the Building on Family Strengths: Support, Education and Advocacy program offered by Murtis Taylor Human Services System and the BeST Center. The Family-to-Family Preview Sessions are one-and-a-half hour presentations for family members and significant others of individuals affected by mental illnesses. They provide opportunities to:
• Meet with other families and friends who have loved ones affected by mental illness
• Learn about Murtis Taylor Human Services System’s resources for individuals affected by mental illness and their families
• Be introduced to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) programs, including its Family-to-Family course. Family-to-Family is a free educational program for family members of individuals with severe mental illness, and it is taught by trained family members
Family-to-Family Preview Sessions are free and open to the public. Light lunch or dinner will be served. For a schedule of the upcoming Family-to-Family Preview Sessions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-325-6698.
Dr. Frese Featured in Articles About Living Successfully with Schizophrenia
NEOMED's Associate Professor of Psychiatry Frederick J. Frese, III, Ph.D., is featured in a Pittsburgh Post Gazette.com article, Mysteries of the Mind: Frederick Frese, Elyn Saks discuss the stigma of schizophrenia. You can read the full story here.
To read Elyn Saks' January 2013 New York Times opinion piece, Successful and Schizophrenic, please click here.
Read about the BeST Center and Murtis Taylor Human Services System partnership to bring the first Building on Family Strengths: Support, Education and Advocacy program to Northeast Ohio; a new first-episode psychosis program, FIRST Mahoning County; and other BeST Center activities in the fall 2012 edition of the Department of Psychiatry newsletter, .
BeST Center Guidelines for Family Members/Significant Others
To learn about suggested guidelines for family members and significant others with loved ones with schizophrenia, please click here. These guidelines were developed as part of the Building on Family Strengths: Support, Education and Advocacy program.
BeST Center Featured in Department of Psychiatry DVD
The BeST Center was featured in a NEOMED Department of Psychiatry DVD that was presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. You can check out the DVD by clicking here.