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November 24, 2017 by Jessica Pratt, EXCELLENCE Editor

Award-Winning Columbia Med Center Psychiatrist Lisa Dixon Secures New Grant for Care Innovation

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(Wilsonville, OR) – Principal investigator Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services & Policy Research and the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute will head up a new project to test enhancing one site of the OnTrackNY program with family engagement and support services which draw on the Needs Adapted and Open Dialogue models with the goal of improving treatment and recovery outcomes.

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Lisa Dixon, MD

OnTrackNY was developed to treat young adults within two years of experiencing an episode of psychosis. The project is a collaboration with OnTrackNY at The Mental Health Association of Westchester and will be the latest adaptation of the Finnish Open Dialogue model to be tested in the United States. It will offer a family therapy option that brings together the person at the center of concern and members of their social network to navigate crises and assist in treatment planning.

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November 17, 2017 by Jessica Pratt, EXCELLENCE Editor

Fort Collins Doctor Teams Up with CSU Professor to Test New Options for Young People in Distress

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(Wilsonville, OR) – Principal investigator Dr. Shannon Hughes at the Colorado State University School of Social Work will collaborate with psychiatrist Scott Shannon at The Wholeness Center, an innovative mental health clinic in Fort Collins, to test a novel, 4-month program aimed at helping young adults, aged 18-26, understand and navigate their mental health challenges without psychiatric labels or medications.

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Shannon Hughes, PhD

They aim to shift conversation away from an exclusively medical understanding of mental and emotional distress towards a holistic, self-development approach that values body, mind, social connections, and spirituality. Over the course of the program, these young people will learn about emotional distress and a variety of proven non-medical approaches for working through it, participate in peer support groups, receive counseling on nutrition and lifestyle, and explore opportunities to form social connections in the community through activities such as art, sports and clubs.

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November 10, 2017 by Jessica Pratt, EXCELLENCE Editor

OHSU psychologist wins Foundation grant to study micronutrient treatment of ADHD in young people

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(Wilsonville, OR) – Principal investigator Jeanette Johnstone, PhD, Instructor & Licensed Psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University will head up an 8-week randomized controlled trial to evaluate the use of a broad-spectrum micronutrient to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in young people. The treatment consists of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants and the study is the first of its kind based in North America.

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October 27, 2017 by EXCELLENCE Editor

EXCELLENCE congratulates winners of its 2017 Expanding the Science and Practice of Recovery Care grants

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(Wilsonville, OR) – The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care is pleased to announce the awards for this year’s Expanding the Science and Practice of Recovery-Based Mental Health Care and Supports grants. These one-year grants of up to $100,000 were selected for their vision and promise to effect cultural and system change, care innovation, and “slow psychiatry”, especially as these impact the lives of children.

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October 3, 2017 by Jessica Pratt, EXCELLENCE Editor

New grant boosts hearing voices approach in USA

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(Wilsonville, OR) – A pioneering approach to understanding voices, visions, and other extreme states will now be available to more Americans, thanks to a $300,000 grant to the Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund.

For more than 25 years, the Hearing Voices Network – an international collaboration of professionals, voice hearers, and their families and friends – has been working to develop a peer-support based approach to help those coping with distressing voices, visions, and other anomalous experiences. It enables voice hearers – even those who have been chronically disabled – to come to terms with their voices or to silence them altogether. One in ten people will hear voices at some point in their lives, and for many, this experience can be terrifying and isolating. The most common treatment in the US is a long-term course of ‘antipsychotic’ drugs, which are often ineffective and can have unwanted side effects. Only now are real alternatives starting to become known here.

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September 27, 2017 by Jessica Pratt, EXCELLENCE Editor

Courageous Mental Health Film Premieres October 15 at Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles

CRAZY has been selected to screen Saturday, October 14th at the NYC Mental Health Film Festival (www.mentalhealthfilmfest.nyc) and Sunday, October 15th at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles (https://www.awarenessfestival.org/events/crazy).

The one hour documentary tells the story of a young man diagnosed with schizophrenia, who goes off his meds because he is afraid of their side effects. His decision unleashes a series of personal, legal and medical conflicts that reveal how we think about and how we treat “severe mental illness.” The high stakes drama is the only film to explore Assisted Outpatient Treatment, dangerousness, mental health rights and consumer choices, issues hotly debated among stakeholders, the press and the legislatures.

Yana Jacobs, Chief of Development for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care will be talking on CheddarTv on October 12 about the problems CRAZY highlights and the new kinds of treatment solutions FEMHC is working on.

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July 17, 2017 by EXCELLENCE Editor

New study finds that stopping psychiatric medication is difficult, but most are “satisfied with their choice”

(Morro Bay, CA) – Despite numerous obstacles and severe withdrawal effects, long-term users of psychiatric drugs can stop taking them if they choose, and mental health care professionals could be more helpful to such individuals.

While 1 in 6 Americans take a psychiatric medication for serious mental illness, there is little research on people’s experiences coming off of them. In the first large scale study in the U.S., Live & Learn, Inc., in partnership with researchers at UCLA, UCSF and New York University, began to fill this knowledge gap. Study findings are available online today in the journal Psychiatric Services, published by the American Psychiatric Association.

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April 30, 2017 by EXCELLENCE Editor

Gail Hornstein, PhD takes the Hearing Voices approach to Utah for Mental Health Awareness Month

Public Lecture May 3

Dr. Gail Hornstein was interviewed by the local NPR affiliate last week ahead of her May 3 public lecture in Park City, Utah, “Our Minds and Each Other: Re-Imagining Mental Health“. It will be held at 6:30p.m. in the Blair Conference Center at the Park City Hospital. For more information contact Shauna Wiest, at CONNECT

Professional Development Seminar May 4

Gail will give a professional development seminar The Hearing Voices Approach: A New Paradigm for Understanding “Hallucinations” and “Psychotic States” on Thursday May 4, 2017 at the University of Utah Psychiatric Institute in Salt Lake City. For more information contact Anne Asman, Department of Psychiatry

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April 30, 2017 by EXCELLENCE Editor

Award-winning social action documentary HEALING VOICES to be released on home video May 2nd

HEALING VOICES, an award-winning social action documentary produced in partnership with the Foundation for Excellence, is being released on home video May 2nd exclusively on HealingVoicesMovie.com.

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The film premiered at the Boston International Film Festival in spring 2016 prior to a grass roots launch in 130 communities, with screenings followed by “town hall style” dialogues which asked:  What are we talking about when we talk about “mental illness”?

Since the release, screenings have continued in earnest, ranging from large theatrical events to intimate gatherings in peer support groups and community centers.  The home video release marks the next step in the film’s distribution, as the conversations which began in community dialogues carry over to living rooms and kitchen tables around the world.  Click here to learn more.

 

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April 3, 2017 by EXCELLENCE Editor

Atlanta Open Dialogue Project – March 2017

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Excerpts from the March Quarterly Report

Open Dialogue has already had a transformative effect on the culture of our inpatient mental health unit, and to some extent our entire mental health system at Grady.

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