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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.

Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2014!

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

FIRST Cuyahoga County treatment services relocating as of April 29, 2014

Effective April 29, 2014, FIRST Cuyahoga County treatment services will be based at Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, The Covenant, 1515 West 29th, Cleveland, Ohio, 44113. Please continue to contact FIRST Cuyahoga County Team Leader Jessica Balmert, MSW, LISW-S, at 216.339.1438 for more information.

Winter 2014 Department of Psychiatry Free Associations Newsletter

Catch up on the latest BeST Center news in the 2014 Winter Free Associations Department of Psychiatry newsletter.

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:


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.

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.

To read the full story about all of Morgan Impact Award recipients, please click here. To watch the videos from the Morgan Impact Awards ceremony, please click here.

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  Winter  2014 Free Associations newsletter.

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