Stories of Recovery & Hope

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Department of Psychiatry Coordinating Centers of Excellence, which include the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center, Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence and Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health, 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.

Learn more by reviewing this resource: Schizophrenia The Myths,The Realities and How to Help*

NEOMED Coordinating Centers of Excellence Stories of Recovery and Hope

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.

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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To learn more about partnering with the Coordinating Centers of Excellence, please contact:

Ruth H. Simera, M.Ed., LSW
Executive Director


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