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January 30, 2017 by Jessica Pratt, EXCELLENCE Editor

New Grant Opportunity: Letter of Intent Due May 1, 2017

The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for 2017, called Expanding the Science and Practice of Recovery-Based Mental Health Care and Supports.  Each award will be up to a maximum of $100,000 and smaller grants will be considered.  We are interested in funding visionary research, program and/or education projects.


Applicants will go through a two-step process.  The first step is a 5-page Letter of Intent, due May 1st and after those are reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Committee and Board a portion will be invited to submit a full application.


Please read the Request for Proposal and Letter of Intent cover sheet carefully as we will not accept incomplete LOI’s or unsolicited/incomplete applications in the full invitation stage.


If you have any questions about this RFP not answered in the attachments, please email them to the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care at


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December 27, 2016 by Jessica Pratt, EXCELLENCE Editor

Announcing the Launch of


December 23, 2016 – The Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund is delighted to announce the launch of

This innovative site is a dedicated space for people who hear voices to share their experiences and a place where Hearing Voices peer-support groups across the United States can connect with one another to create ongoing networks. It is also the home for a first-of-its-kind research study, featuring a detailed questionnaire based on the Fund’s narrative and participatory approach to understanding voice hearing.

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December 8, 2016 by EXCELLENCE Editor

The Hearing Voices Project’s Christmas Wishlist


The Hearing Voices Research & Development Project has trained Hearing Voices group facilitators at the Portland, Oregon VA, Concord, CA, Boulder, CO, Lansing, MI, and Dover, DE. Two new sites will be trained in 2017: Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.

So much good stuff waiting to be done!

The word on the street is that Caroline White and her Hearing Voices group training team at Western Mass Recovery Learning Community equip their trainees to lead great groups and are a joy to learn from. The research team led by Gail Hornstein, PhD, and Jacqui Dillon will soon begin working with group members to document how the Hearing Voices approach impacts their lives. We will then share that life-changing knowledge with health professionals and community partners to pave the way for more and more groups across the USA.

But there is so much more that could be done right now to get Hearing Voices groups into more neighborhoods where they are so urgently needed. Here is what it would take:

  • $20,000 would allow us to hire a part-time Network Development Coordinator to ensure essential infrastructure in the 5 regions where trainings were held in Phase 1
  • $6,000 would provide a mini-grant to cover 1 year of start-up costs for a regional facilitators’ group
  • $5,000 would provide training materials for 125 participants in facilitator trainings
  • $5,000 would enable follow-up interviews of key subsets of questionnaire respondents
  • $5,000 would enable the creation of a core curricular video to show at trainings
  • $4,000 would support essential website development and maintenance of up-to-date resource and group contact information
  • $3,000 would allow us to purchase needed AV/digital equipment for training presentations
  • $3,000 would allow for the purchase of key HVN publications for distribution to training participants
  • $2,000 would enable another month of questionnaire data analysis
  • $500 would enable the creation of a resource pack for local groups
  • $300 would enable a month of support time for voice hearers currently unable to access a group.




Communities interested in sponsoring a training in their area are encouraged to contact Caroline White, Training Coordinator, at 413.539.5941 x316 or

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December 4, 2016 by Gail Hornstein, PhD & Jacqui Dillon

The Hearing Voices Research and Development Project is Covering New Ground

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November 19, 2016 by EXCELLENCE Editor

Quarterly Project Update: Open Dialogue – Atlanta

The seed of change planted by an EXCELLENCE donor in Atlanta is now growing. The first quarterly report from the UMASS/Grady Hospital/Emory School of Medicine project team describes a strong launch of the Open Dialogue pilot. It is already spreading dialogic practices beyond the boundaries of the research project and attracting additional private funders to sustain the effort. The following is excerpted from the summary report of doctors Norquist and Cotes:

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June 2, 2016 by EXCELLENCE Editor

Psychiatric Medication Discontinuation/Reduction Study Seeking Survey Participants with Lived Experience

Live & Learn logoLive & Learn, Inc. has launched a research study on the experience of people labeled with mental disorders who have tried to stop taking psychiatric medications. This project, the Psychiatric Medication Discontinuation/Reduction (PMDR) Study, aims to understand the process of coming off psychiatric medications in order to better support those who choose to do so. What helps or prevents people from stopping their psychiatric medications?

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April 7, 2016 by EXCELLENCE Editor

Nutrition & Mental Health Research Fund receives $100,000 donation

The anonymous donation was given to jumpstart investment in an area of research thus far neglected by government funding agencies — the use of broad-spectrum micronutrients for the treatment of mental health symptoms.

Thanks to the commitment of a single anonymous donor, the Nutrition and Mental Health Research Fund at the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care now has an additional $100,000 to further our knowledge of how nutrition influences mental health and also to support and cultivate young scientists working on this important topic.

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April 5, 2016 by EXCELLENCE Editor

Hearing Voices Approach Expanding Across USA

National expansion project of the Hearing Voices Approach across the USA has secured an additional year of funding to train more peer- support group facilitators and to continue its research on training implementation and outcomes


Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund advisors Gail Hornstein, PhD and Jacqui Dillon will continue the roll-out of their Hearing Voices infrastructure development across the USA along with its accompanying research component, supported by an additional year of funding from a generous donor.

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April 1, 2016 by EXCELLENCE Editor

EXCELLENCE CEO named among 2016 “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Heroes

Gina-Nikkel-PhD-200pxPortland, OR — Gina Nikkel, PhD, President and CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, has been named one of the 2016 “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Heroes Award recipients by Trillium Family Services.

Founded to commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Heroes Award honors 31 people, nonprofits, and community groups who help pave the way for mental and behavioral healthcare to thrive in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, including such luminaries as Mitch Anderson, Margie Boulé and Liesbeth Gerritsen.

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March 11, 2016 by EXCELLENCE Editor

Open Dialogue U.S. Expanding to Atlanta, GA

gradymemorialFour way partnership brings latest expansion of Open Dialogue U.S. to Atlanta

Atlanta-based donor makes it happen
A substantial donation by an Atlanta based donor has enabled The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care to give a generous grant to University of Massachusetts Medical School and Emory Medical School to bring Open Dialogue to Atlanta, extending by two years its original three-year grant to adapt the well established Finnish model for use in the U.S.
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