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More Stigma… with Corporate Sponsorship

Last October PsychOdyssey popped into a local Dunkin’ Donuts for a quick coffee and cruller. As we sipped and savored, we noted the pictured glossy handbill hawking an “haunted adventure” tour of the former Pennhurst State School and Hospital in Spring City, … Continue reading

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Things School Nurses Should Know

On January 29, PsychOdyssey’s Tom Pyle will be presenting to the winter meeting of the Union County (NJ) School Nurses Association. The title of his talk is “Schizophrenia, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and Recovery: Things School Nurses Should Know”. The talk will … Continue reading

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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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