Psychiatry

Coordinating Centers Of Excellence

The NEOMED Department of Psychiatry Coordinating Centers of Excellence – the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJ CCoE) and the Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health – provide community stakeholders with expertise and resources that increase access to best-practice treatments and programs that ultimately improve the quality of care and quality of life for people affected by schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses.

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

Learn more by reviewing  Schizophrenia The Myths,The Realities and How to Help

Please share de-identified  Stories of Recovery and Hope of how the practices and programs of the BeST Center, the CJ CCoE and the OPCSMH have helped people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses recover. Click here for online submission.

SPECIAL RESOURCES FOR COVID-19

Dear Valued Partners and Stakeholders,

The Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Department of Psychiatry Coordinating Centers of Excellence, which include the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health and the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center, understand that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having a major impact on all of us. In accordance with our centers’ missions, we want to provide resources for those affected by serious mental illness and their loved ones. Please see our Important Resources for Mental Health During COVID-19 for recommendations, guidelines and tips we feel it is important to share during this pandemic. We invite you to participate in Virtual Learning Opportunities during this time of physical distancing.

We also encourage you to engage in self-care, manage your media exposure and stay connected with resources and networks.

Wishing you and your loved ones health and safety,

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

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

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

Contact

Debbie McConnell
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 330.325.6690
Email: dmcconne@neomed.edu

INTERIM DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Douglas A. Smith, M.D., DFAPA
Phone: 330.325.6397
Email: dougsmith@admboard.org

Department of Psychiatry

College of Medicine at NEOMED