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.

In addition, we invite you to join us for the two virtual COVID-19-related events offered by NEOMED and its clinical affiliates listed below. We encourage you to participate in other Virtual Learning Opportunities during this time of physical distancing.

COVID-19: What Medical Professionals Need to Know
March 27, Noon – 1:30 p.m. online

Coping for Health Care Workers During COVID-19
April 1, 12:00 -1:30 p.m. online

Registration for each session is required, and space is limited. Click here to register or for more information.

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, 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