BeST Center

Improving the lives of people with schizophrenia

With the right treatments and support, people with schizophrenia can and do recover.  The Coordinating Centers of Excellence Stories of Recovery and Hope video shares how the programs and practices of the BeST Center, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence and the Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health are promoting recovery and instilling hope.

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


2021 Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture, Love and Hope: The Guiding Lights Through the Fog of Schizophrenia, by Carlos A. Larrauri, M.S.N., APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, and Matthew Racher, CRPS

Visit this page to view a video recording of the presentation and musical performance.

A New Way of Looking at Psychosis: Recovery! A webinar

This webinar offered law enforcement officers, first responders, college and university personnel and mental health professionals help with recognizing the signs and symptoms of psychosis, identifying indicators of recovery in individuals with psychosis and responding appropriately to stigma.
Presenters: Crystal N. Dunivant, MSW, LSW, BeST Center FIRST Consultant & Trainer, and Valerie A. L. Kreider, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, BeST Center Senior Consultant & Trainer
Watch the webinar 

Learn more about Schizophrenia The Myths, The Realities and How to Help

Tips for Engaging Individuals with Psychotic Illness in Treatment

The BeST Kind of Help Tips for Family Members and Friends of Individuals Affected by Schizophrenia


Important Resources for Mental Health During COVID-19

BeST Tips for Supporting Your Loved One During COVID-19*

Stress Can Worsen Psychotic Symptoms_ BeST Tips for CBT-p Informed Strategies for Responding*


Structural Disadvantage and Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Early Psychosis Services: International Provider Survey by Nev Jones, Ph.D., Sarah Kamens, Ph.D., Oladunni Oluwoye, Ph.D., Franco Mascayano, M.P.H., Chris Perry, L.F.M.T., Marc Manseau, M.D., M.P.H., and Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H.

Mental Health Resources for Black, Indigenous People and People of Color


Coordinating Centers of Excellence Suicide Prevention Resources 



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