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New Video: A Day In The Life Of A PACT Team

In the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, one of the best established evidence-based practices is “ACT”, or Assertive Community Treatment. ACT is a comprehensive community outreach care modality for persons with psychiatric disabilities that do not or cannot participate in group programs … Continue reading

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Telepsychiatry: The New Wave for the Underserved

Two weeks ago PsychOdyssey attended a talk at NAMI New York Metro about telepsychiatry, a new and fast developing field in psychiatry. The presenter was Mr. Samir Malik, Co-Founder and CEO of 1DocWay, a fascinating start-up telepsychiatry technology company. Lack … Continue reading

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Best of PsychOdyssey: 10 Key Points About Violence and Mental Illness

The public is quite understandably distraught about last week’s evil ISIS-inspired terrorist slaughter of innocents in San Bernardino. Meanwhile, controversial mental health legislation is also moving through Congress that some partisans are wrongly claiming to be akin to evil. In both cases, there are … Continue reading

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PsychOdyssey Editorial: Paranoia About Pot Is Rational

Americans today see a vast public movement favoring decriminalization of marijuana, whether for medicinal purposes (as in many states, including PsychOdyssey’s home state of New Jersey) or even for recreational purposes (as in Colorado). Many Americans seem to favor such action. … Continue reading

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New at “Read…”: Meds Made Elizabeth “Sick”: A Theatrical Review

At last month’s New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association annual conference, PsychOdyssey’s Tom Pyle witnessed an incredible performance. The keynote speaker was actress/activist Elizabeth Kenny. Instead of a speech, she presented a one-woman play. Titled Sick, the drama was about her own … Continue reading

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New at “Link…”: Family Caregiver Alliance and Caregiver Action Network

Every family navigating the maelstrom of mental illness becomes all too familiar with the challenges and burdens of family caregiving for a loved one.  On this last day of National Family Caregivers Month, I was pleased to come upon some important resource … Continue reading

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New at “Research…”: The State of Mental Health in America 2015

For many years, Mental Health America has wanted to identify a common set of data indicators for mental health that would give a more complete picture of mental health status in America. As both the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity … Continue reading

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“Public Finance 101”: PsychOdyssey Explains PsyR Funding in New Jersey

Last Thursday, PsychOdyssey’s Tom Pyle led a workshop at the 2015 annual conference of the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, of which Tom is also a board member. Entitled “Show Me The Money: PsyR Public Finance 101”, Tom explained the specific … Continue reading

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From Pete Earley: Democrats Attack, Republicans Defend Murphy’s Mental Health Bill During Markup

Mental Health Advocate and fellow family champion Pete Earley (pictured here with his son; journalist and acclaimed author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness) today blogged important news that final “mark-up” work is now underway in Washington on the … Continue reading

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New at Link… Monarch Housing Associates in New Jersey

Loved ones need proper independent housing and supportive housing to facilitate their recoveries. But such housing for those in the maelstrom is often extremely difficult to procure, especially in states like New Jersey with very high property costs. Monarch Housing Associates … Continue reading

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