Emptying the ‘New Asylums’

On February 6, 2017 the American Enterprise Institute presented a panel discussion, Emptying the ‘new asylums’: A model for moving mentally ill inmates out of jail.

Doris A. Fuller, chief of Research and Public Affairs for the Treatment Advocacy Center, presented the findings of Treatment Advocacy Center’s latest groundbreaking report, Emptying the ‘New Asylums. Doris and the distinguished panel of experts discussed how small changes to public policy can significantly reduce forensic bed wait times at relatively low cost, providing those in need with a bed. Panelists included:
Sally Satel, AEI
Doris A. Fuller, Treatment Advocacy Center
Kristen Lich, PhD, MHSA, the University of North Carolina
Judge Steve Leifman, Miami-Dade County Court Criminal Division
Matthew Chase, National Association of Counties
Mike Rezendes, The Boston Globe
If you would like to share the discussion with others, or if you missed the event, you will find the recording on AEI.org.

A Cause For Community

by Elizabeth Elfenbein, Columnist, February 3, 2017
We live in a patient-empowered world. People understand their healthcare challenges like never before. They become mini-experts during their journey to getting diagnosed. Yet, once a patient arrives at their diagnosis, they reach an inflection point and are suddenly alone with their experience. That’s where communities come in.

Shared experiences empower individuals and communities

Advocacy groups and communities for all kinds of disease states have the ability to ignite an individual and the greater community. And when we refer to communities, we’re referring to patients with a specific disease, the healthcare professionals who care for and treat them, and the caregivers who support them.

The power of these communities to help build understanding and awareness about a particular disease, educate, and bring together a group of people who are going through a shared experience is unbelievable. It has the ability to drive a cause and change behavior by getting people to fight for their health and their life. It has the power to effect industry change with research that attempts to find a cure, and it also has the potential to change legislation.


To read more, please click here

Impaired Glucose Homeostasis in First-Episode Schizophrenia; A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Findings  In this meta-analysis of 14 case-control studies comprising 1345 participants, individuals with first-episode schizophrenia had elevated fasting plasma glucose levels, elevated plasma glucose levels after an oral glucose tolerance test, and elevated fasting plasma insulin levels,as well as greater insulin resistance compared with healthy individuals serving as controls. To read more, please click here.Read More

[Continue reading…]

Blocking Overactive Enzyme Could Treat Symptoms of Schizophrenia

By Brain and Behavior Research Foundation New research suggests that cognitive and behavioral symptoms of schizophrenia may stem at least in part from elevated levels of an enzyme called STEP, which is also thought to be overactive in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Experiments in cells collected from patients andRead More

[Continue reading…]

Dr. Carrie Bearden, CAPPS & the NAPLS: Early Detection and Intervention for Psychosis

Under Dr. Bearden’s leadership, CAPPS has revealed new evidence supporting biomarkers for oncoming psychosis, and provided life-saving treatment for hundreds of youth at risk. Psychosis is one of the most distressing and debilitating mental health symptoms one can experience, and the earlier someone afflicted receives treatment, the better the potential outcome. The best-case scenario:Read More

[Continue reading…]

Message from Schizophrenia Alliance, Coordinator Katie L.

In these eventful times, it may be good to take a moment, for ourselves. Perhaps, leaving Facebook and Twitter to fend for themselves; and to focus on our coping skills. What coping skills are we using to help bring ourselves to the surface? Are we acquainted with the calm place inside of us? Have youRead More

[Continue reading…]

Message from FFS, Family and Friends, Coordinator Mary Ross

Ideally ‘self-care’ should be at the top of our priorities in our lives. We love our family members, our friends, but if we are not at our optimal best we are less able to be there in a support role of them. In my search for self-care I realized that I fortunately have found myselfRead More

[Continue reading…]

Message From Executive Director

Dear Friends, Thank you all for the courageous and brave work you do every day. Everyone who lives with psychosis and wakes up to live each day to their best ability and maintain their plan to pursue a meaningful day, congratulations. Everyone who helps their loved one or others get through each day inRead More

[Continue reading…]

Strategies to Improve Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents: Research Review

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality review assesses the effectiveness of quality improvement, implementation, and dissemination strategies that seek to improve the mental health care of children and adolescents. Approximately one in five children and adolescents living in the United States has one or more mental, emotional, or behavioral health disorders according to theRead More

[Continue reading…]

HHS selects eight states for new demonstration program to improve access to high quality behavioral health services

HHS announced the selection of eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in their communities. This demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access toRead More

[Continue reading…]