To learn more about working with the Department of Psychiatry Coordinating Centers of Excellence, please contact Ruth H. Simera, M.Ed., LSW, Executive Director, Coordinating Centers of Excellence, at 330.325.6670 or

Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center

The BeST Center promotes recovery and works to improve the lives of people with schizophrenia through resources and training for experts, community, individuals and families.

Visit the BeST Center

Criminal Justice Coordinating Center Of Excellence

The CJ CCoE advocates that mental health and criminal justice systems work together to improve the quality of life of those residents of Ohio who suffer from mental disorders and who are at risk of finding their way unnecessarily into the criminal justice system.

Visit the CJCCOE

Ohio Program For Campus Safety & Mental Health

A resource center promoting suicide prevention, mental health awareness and stigma reduction activities at college campuses across the state of Ohio.

Visit the OPCSMH


Debbie McConnell
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 330.325.6690


Douglas A. Smith, M.D., DFAPA
Phone: 330.325.6397

Department of Psychiatry

College of Medicine at NEOMED