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Anderson Cooper tries a schizophrenia simulator

What is schizophrenia really like? How do our loved ones experience it? If family members knew better the answers to these questions, they could be much more empathetic–and effective in assisting their loved ones’ recoveries. But how can we know … Continue reading

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Will Medicaid’s Changes in New Jersey Improve Outcomes? PsychOdyssey presents at PRA Recovery Workforce Summit

Implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is bringing big changes to the nation’s Medicaid system. In many states, the changes include a) moving Medicaid funded behavioral health to managed care, b) expanding Medicaid’s roles by 25%, … Continue reading

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New at “Remember…”: BBC film about High Royds Asylum

Not only did America experience great dislocations of disinstitutionalization. The BBC recently produced a compelling documentary, “Mental” (59 minutes), about the closing of mental asylums in the United Kingdom. Mental offers a useful comparative to our own American experience. See the film … Continue reading

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PsychOdyssey’s Tom Pyle joins Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services

PsychOdyssey is pleased to announce that founder Tom Pyle has accepted a new executive position in community mental health services. On April 2, Tom joined Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services in Elizabeth, NJ, as Director of Administrative Services, responsible for the agency’s … Continue reading

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New PsychOdyssey OpEd: Response to “Definition of Insanity”

On Tuesday, April 1, The Wall Street Journal published an editorial criticizing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (To view a copy of the editorial, click here.) PsychoOdyssey’s Tom Pyle wrote the following letter in response: As father … Continue reading

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New PsychOdyssey OpEd: What Is Recovery?

“Recovery” means many things to many people. It is a concept without a concensus.  Tennessee mental health advocate and consumer Larry Drain, blogging at Hopeworks Community, offers a wonderful reflection on his personal understanding of “recovery”. (Read it here.) But maybe … Continue reading

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New Testimony: PsychOdyssey on Psych Rehab, Medicaid, and New Jersey’s 2015 Budget

On March 12, 2014, PsychOdyssey’s Tom Pyle testified before the New Jersey State Assembly’s Budget Committee on the FY 2015 state budget proposed by Governor Chris Christie. Tom was representing the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, but spoke from his … Continue reading

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New Testimony WITH AUDIO: PsychOdyssey on Involuntary Outpatient Treatment

In 2009 New Jersey passed its “Gregory’s Law“, named for an 11 year old boy murdered by a man with untreated schizophrenia. Although signed by the Governor, the law has not been fully implemented. Only six counties have been able … Continue reading

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New at “Remember…”: 1938 Albert Eisenstaedt Photo Essay of Pilgrim State Hospital

Brentwood, NY, 1938: the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital… From the archives of Life magazine comes a dramatic photo essay by legendary Life photographer Albert Eisenstaedt. Entitled Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938, the essay features twenty-six heart-wrenching … Continue reading

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Ethics: Is DSM-5 Compromised by Conflict of Interest?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fifth Edition, aka “DSM-5″, was recently published to update the diagnostic descriptions and codes of psychiatry last put forth in DSM-IV. DSM-5′s new descriptions and codes will now measure symptoms more on a kind of … Continue reading

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