The BeST Center

Improving the lives of people with schizophrenia

With the right treatments, people with schizophrenia can and do live successfully.

The NEOMED Department of Psychiatry offers stories of people living successfully with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses through its annual Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture.  View the inaugural Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture by Elyn R. Saks, J.D., Ph.D.,  a winner of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (better known as the MacArthur genius award) and the Orrin B. Evans professor of law, psychology and psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School. Dr. Saks is also  author of a best-selling book, The Center Cannot Hold, about her own experience living with schizophrenia.

Unfortunately, many people affected by schizophrenia do not have access to the most effective treatments. The BeST Center’s mission is to change this by providing customized training and other resources to individuals and organizations that help people live successfully with schizophrenia:

BeST Center Practices


To discuss customized BeST practice training and consultation, please contact:

Ruth H. Simera, M.Ed., LSW
Executive Director, Coordinating Centers of Excellence

FREE Continuing Education & RESOURCES

The BeST Center offers free continuing education and resources for those who help people live successfully with schizophrenia:

Working with Friends and Families 101: Unburning the Bridges First Episode Psychosis

A two-part, online continuing education course to learn more about working with friends and families of those with serious mental illness, including first episode psychosis, developed in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Enroll in Part 1

Enroll in Part 2 


Clozapine can help people with schizophrenia in ways that other medications just can’t

Training, support and information about why, when and how to use clozapine

NEOMED Clozapine Assistance Line:

Join the next Live Virtual Clozapine Training session on April 23, 2020, at 6 p.m. To register and learn more,  visit here

BeST Center Project ECHO Programs

Project ECHO® uses telecommunications to provide clinicians with: 

  • Opportunities to present complex cases and to receive
    written recommendations from multidisciplinary experts
  • Free, convenient continuing professional education
  • Opportunities to develop the knowledge to manage complex health conditions in their own communities and to be part of a community of practice


Integrated Care at NEOMED (IC@N)

Addressing needs of patients with complex, co-occurring psychiatric and physical conditions
Meets Fridays, Noon – 1 p.m.
Email to learn more


Addressing the needs of people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders
Meets Tuesdays from Noon – 1 p.m.
Email or visit to learn more

First Episode Psychosis

For teams providing integrated treatment and other interested Ohio clinicians
Offered by the BeST Center and funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Meets Thursdays once a month from Noon – 1 p.m. Schedule of specific dates
Email to learn more

Register for NEOMED Project ECHO Programs

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BeST Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center

Department of Psychiatry