Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dr. E. Fuller Torrey on California’s Mental Health Catastrophe

Leading schizophrenia expert (and controversial compulsory treatment advocate) Dr. E. Fuller Torrey addresses 100 doctors at San Francisco General Hospital about the dire, declining, and morally unacceptable conditions for some severely mentally ill in the State of California. Watch the presentation … Continue reading

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Social Security Grinch Denies Increments for SSI Benefits

Just in time for Christmas, the Social Security Administration has written a letter to all its Supplemental Support Income benefits. It reports bad news. See what it is and what PsychOdyssey thinks about it here.

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Financial Aspect of Need: Special Needs Trusts

As taught in PsychOdyssey 101, Financial is one of the major Aspects of Need of anyone with a psychiatric disability. Family members thinking ahead for loved ones with psychiatric disabilities must make provisions for their financial security without if possible … Continue reading

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Book Review: Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices

PsychOdyssey reviews Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices: A Textbook, edited by Robert E. Drake, Matthew R. Merrens, and David W. Lynde. All who wish and need to know where mental health practice is heading should read this important text about a … Continue reading

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Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness

New on PsychOdyssey “Watch…”: MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness is a multi-platform media project that explores severe mental illness in America. The centerpiece of the project is a television program which aired on PBS stations in October 2009. … Continue reading

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Most Vulnerable In The Hands Of The Least Educated?

Studying the details of the proposed closing of Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey (click here to see our 12/10/10 testimony), we learned disquieting information about the very high percentage of direct contact staff workers in jobs with no, repeat … Continue reading

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The Clubhouse Movement, on PsychOdyssey TV

One of the leading resources of psychiatric rehabilitaiton is peer support–individuals with SMIs (serious mental illness) helping each other. One of the pioneering modalities for this is the Clubhouse movement, made prominent by Fountain House in New York City, which is “dedicated … Continue reading

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New PsychOdyssey TV Program on Supported Employment

Work is good for recovery. But getting and keeping a job can be an enormous challenge for an individual with a psychiatric disability. One of the proven evidence-based practices of psychiatric rehabilitation is supported employment. Denise Higgins, Employment Specialist at Catholic Charities, Trenton, NJ, talks to Tom … Continue reading

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PsychOdyssey Testifies On Hagedorn Hospital Closing

In the fall of 2010, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced the State’s intention to close Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Glen Gardner, N.J. On December 8, 2010, Tom Pyle of PsychOdyssey Services presented testimony about the proposal to the New … Continue reading

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New PsychOdyssey TV Program on Family Advocacy

  Sally Osmer, mental health social worker and Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mercer County, NJ Chapter, one of the most active NAMI chapters in New Jersey, talks with Tom Pyle of PsychOdysey TV about family … Continue reading

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