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EachMindMatters – California’s Each Mind Matters 

SteppingUp Initiative: Jail Reform using “big data” – 6 key questions.  National Association of Counties: Stepping Up Network best practice free webinars (live and replay) such as:

  • Prioritizing Policy, Practice and Funding Improvements for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
  • Conducting a Comprehensive Process Analysis and Inventory of Services for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.
  • 10 Ways to Engage People affected by Mental Illness in our Community. <- National Institute of Mental Health

New research suggests drug overdoses should be classified as self-harm

September 21, 2018 7:31 am : Best Practice
  By Jackson and Coker: 20-Sep-2018 There has been a steady stream of headlines declaring that life expectancy in the United States is decreasing. And the often-cited reason is the climbing number of opioid-related deaths. Those two facts piqued the interest of a group of researchers who sought to reframe the way these trends can be viewed. more »

New CDC report and Safe Reporting Guidelines

June 8, 2018 1:11 pm : Best Practice, Breaking News
It has been a very tough and tragic week, with the passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Because of this, along with the release of a new CDC report, we are seeing an increase in media calls and needs from the community around suicide. I thought it would be helpful to provide some useful more »

Do you REALLY know your genetic predisposition?

January 15, 2018 1:57 pm : Best Practice, Brain Science
Do you really know your full multi-generational family history for addiction and/or mental health issues? Genetics plays a key role: upwards of 80% (for bi-polar and schizophrenia) and upwards of 60% for addictions. So, understanding our relative’s mental health and history of addictive behaviors can help us take steps to avoid triggers and build resilience.     When more »

December 18, 2017 5:14 pm : Best Practice
Latino Community Members “Stop Stigma with Science” Detener el estigma con la ciencia 20% – de los latinos nacidos en Estados Unidos han sufrido de un reto de salud mental durante el último año. Check out these Spanish resources:            La salud mental en la comunidad latina   See more at more »

Ask your doctor about Long-lasting Injectables

December 17, 2017 6:17 pm : Best Practice
Ask your doctor about Long-lasting Injectables “Multiple families across our county have shared the very positive changes in their loved one since switching to a long-lasting injectable form of medication.  NAMI families reporting favorably about the positive change in their loved one since transitioning to long-lasting injectables such as most commonly reported Abilify Maintena (aripripazol) and Invega more »

Language Matters: Tips on What to Say

December 17, 2017 12:49 pm : Best Practice
Language Matters: Tips from Dr. Amador Do NOT Say:  My loved one refuses to acknowledge he’s mentally ill Denies he’s mentally ill Won’t admit Doesn’t admit…. Refuses to admit…(this is the worst offender)  This all reflects our loved ones have a choice that they are ill.   We would never say “our loved ones won’t admit more »

Protecting our children’s future: advocating to protect brain health in Colorado

August 15, 2017 9:30 pm : Best Practice, Breaking News is an excellent resource to learn more about the impact of cannabis in Colorado.  Hospitalizations for psychosis continue to trend up.  Notice the level of education/awareness that they are doing trying to educate youth and young adults about the risks.  Here is a comprehensive presentation has on their site:  Report  


July 7, 2017 5:58 pm : Best Practice
Get treatment promptly…certainly within days (not weeks or months.) Anti-psychotic medication acts like a wrapper around the brain to preserve lifelong cognition. Early intervention; low-dose anti-psychotic, RA1SE program (first or early episode psychosis program.) Personal therapist to help preserve self-esteem, psychiatrist, participation in FEP (first/early episode psychosis program.) Family members – attend NAMI Family-to-Family and more »

June 24, 2017 10:00 am : Best Practice In-depth topics, vitamins to augment medication to address negative symptoms, and more…    

New Schizophrenia Treatments Address Unmet Clinical Needs

June 24, 2017 9:55 am : Best Practice Pharmacy and therapeutics committee members: Long-acting injectable antipsychotics are commonly used to prevent relapse.14 In addition, adjunctive psychosocial interventions—including family psycho social education, social skills training, and cognitive behavioral therapy—have been shown to prevent relapse and to improve medication adherence.7,15 Approximately 10% to 30% of schizophrenic patients are treatment resistant.7The optimal management of these more »

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