Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center
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.
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 these inspiring stories.
The BeST Kind of Help: Tools and Tips for Schizophrenia Recovery
The BeST Center is delighted to announce the release of a new publication, The BeST Kind of Help: Tools and Tips for Schizophrenia Recovery. This publication 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.
BeST Center News and Activities
New FIRST Early Identification and Treatment of Psychosis Program Launched in Cuyahoga County
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County and the BeST Center have partnered to offer FIRST Cuyahoga County, an outpatient, team-based, integrated treatment program for individuals who have experienced an initial episode of a psychotic illness. To learn more, please visit this page.
NEOMED Psychiatry Faculty Contribute to Web MD Series on Schizophrenia
Steven W. Jewell, M.D., Frederick J. Frese III, Ph.D., and Penny Frese, Ph.D., contributed to a Web MD series on schizophrenia. Dr. Jewell is a NEOMED associate professor of psychiatry and the medical director/psychiatrist for FIRST in Summit County, an early identification and treatment of schizophrenia program that is a partnership of Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Community Support Services, the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and the BeST Center. Dr. Fred Frese is also an associate professor of psychiatry, a member of the BeST Center’s Outreach Advisory Workgroup and one of the authors of The BeST Kind of Help: Tools and Tips for Schizophrenia Recovery. Dr. Penny Frese is a leading mental health advocate. To read the articles, please visit:
- Part One: When Schizophrenia Appears: Experts offer guidance for newly diagnosed patients and their families
- Part Two: Schizophrenia and Relationships: Romance, friendships and mental illness
- Part Three: Working With Schizophrenia: Experts stress the importance of getting and keeping a job
BeST Center and Collaborators' Studies Published
“High-Yield Cognitive Behavioral Techniques For Psychosis Delivered by Case Managers to Their Clients with Persistent Psychotic Symptoms: An Exploratory Trial,” by Douglas Turkington M.D., Mark Munetz, M.D., Jeremy Pelton, RMN, Vicki Montesano, Ph.D., Harry Sivec, Ph.D., Bina Nausheen, Ph.D., and David Kingdon, M.D., was published in the January 2014 Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.
Adapting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis for Case Managers: Increasing Access to Services in a Community Mental Health Agency by Vicki Montesano, Ph.D., Harry Sivec, Ph.D., Mark Munetz, M.D., Jeremy Pelton, RMN, and Douglas Turkington, M.D. Advance online publication, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. January 27, 2014.
Building on Family Strengths: Support, Education and Advocacy Program Holds First Graduation
Please go to the December 2013 Building on Family Strengths: Support, Education and Advocacy Program News Update to read about the first graduation ceremony for families and friends of clients diagnosed with schizophrenia who completed the Consumer Centered Family Consultation program.
BeST Center, Dr. Frese Receive Morgan Impact Awards
The BeST Center received the Award for Innovation and NEOMED Associate Professor of Psychiatry and BeST Center Outreach Advisory Workgroup Member Dr. Frederick J. Frese III received the Compass Award at the Morgan Impact Awards ceremony held Nov. 21.
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Gift to BeST Center Highlighted in University's IGNITE Magazine
IGNITE, a publication of Northeast Ohio Medical University, includes a feature story, The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Awards NEOMED the Largest Foundation Grant in the University's History. Please click here and go to page 4 to read the full story. For some video highlights from this historic grant announcement, please visit this YouTube page.
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BeST Center Newsletters
Click on the titles to read the latest versions of the BeST Center's newsletters, The Thought Record for individuals using a range of CBT-p interventions and the Building on Family Strengths: Support, Education and Advocacy News Update December 2013. Also check out the BeST Center news in the NEOMED Department of Psychiatry's Spring/Summer 2013 Free Associations newsletter.
For the BeST Center's News and Activities Archives, please click here.