Coordinating Centers of Excellence

Stories of Hope & Recovery

The Coordinating Centers of Excellence join in sharing stories of recovery and hope from schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses.

With the right treatments and support, people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses can and do recover.

A young man was experiencing complex delusions and paranoia in a very public setting. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) law enforcement officer arrived and, using the de-escalation techniques for mental health crises he learned in his CIT program, the officer contacted the young man’s father in another state to learn more. According to the dad and the hospital treatment team, the young man’s symptoms were much more severe when he was incarcerated. The CIT officer’s skills the young man avoid the consequences of another incarceration by convincing him to go to the hospital for treatment rather than to jail.  

A young woman learned about Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) while living in a group home and participating in FIRST Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis treatment. The skills she developed as a result of these treatments helped her to move into her own apartment, get a job, make friends and earn her Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter certification. She now has a full-time job and has returned to college.

The Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health offers Collaborative Program Development Grants (CPDG) to encourage campus-community partnerships to address suicide prevention, promote mental health wellness and provide substance use disorder screenings and services. Through a CPDG, campus-community partners offered a Self-Care Fair that allowed students, faculty and staff from four local colleges and universities to receive safe messaging, mental health resources and information about community services.

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Please share your de-identified stories of how the Coordinating Centers of Excellence have helped to promote recovery and inspire hope.

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Ruth Simera, M.Ed., LSW
Executive Director


Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine