News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Lehmans

Meaden & Moore

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Health and Medicine


NEOMED: Early intervention can drastically change the path of schizophrenia
A new $5.5 million grant to the Northeast Ohio Medical University will fund early intervention a key to treating schizophrenia
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Courtesy of NEOMED video
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Northeast Ohio Medical University has received another $5.5 million to boost early intervention and treatment for people with schizophrenia. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on what’s called the BeST center that’s expanding in Northeast Ohio.

LISTEN: How the BeST Center approaches schizophrenia

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:32)


The grant from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation brings to nearly $13 million the foundation has donated to what’s called the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment Center.

The center works with people in four counties – Summit, Portage, Mahoning and Trumbull – who have schizophrenia. The key, says center

Three broad categories of symptoms of schizophrenia

Positive symptoms: Often losing touch with reality, hallucinations, hearing voices, delusions and disorganized thinking.

Negative symptoms: These are harder to recognize and include a “flat affect" in a person’s face and voice, a lack of pleasure in everyday living, a lack of ability to begin and sustain activities, and a lack of pleasure in life.

Cognitive symptoms: Subtle things such as having trouble understanding information and making decisions, paying attention or using information immediately after learning it.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health

Director Lon Herman, is to step in fast.

“By intervening early, what you’re doing is you’re offering individuals hope and the opportunity     to continue on with their lives and do things that everyone else does, which is go to work, go to school, have a social life.”

The center puts together a team of six people – including mental health counselors, case managers and employment counselors – to work with the individuals.  Elaine Harlin of Child Guidance and Family Solutions says the center works with more than just the individual “to try to get the parents and the families to also understand the disease so that they can better support the health and well-being of their loved one who is suffering with schizophrenia.”

Harlin says the center has been following nearly 70 people for four years. The rate of their returning to the hospital within 12 months of treatment is 5 percent, compared to national numbers that range from 13 percent up to 50 percent.


U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy – an advocate and a consumer of mental health and addiction treatment -- was in Ohio today to celebrate the grant for schizophrenia treatment. But he argues more must be done. And he says the key may rest with veterans.

Kennedy is a recovering alcoholic and sponsor of the mental health parity act. He says the growth of treatment programs in the region where Alcoholics Anonymous was born makes sense. But he also maintains the national attitude toward of funding of mental health treatments must change as well, and veterans returning with PTSD, traumatic brain and other injuries may be the ones to press the point.

“If the veterans win, then we all win. And once again, they’re going to be our freedom fighters because if they can change the trajectory in which this illness is treated, then we’re all going to be the beneficiaries.”

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio lawmakers propose grants for home construction for disabled people
We have been trying to have a "Visitability Bill" passed for years. Thanks, Greg

Lake County crimes may give Trump immigration fodder
Shoddy reporting at best. "Mixed views" The question that came to my mind was, "How many people did he have to interview to get "mixed views". Do the two peo...

Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announces plans to improve Medicare by lowering prescription costs for seniors
Sounds good. I'm living in Florida to escape the snow. So far it's working. I retired from GM in 2000. Keep pushing for all the working people. In the long run ...

The tiny town that time, and elections, forgot may go out of existence
Thank you for this story. I grew up in Limaville, my parents home is there still...unsellable due to the septic/sewer problem. Sometimes I am sorry I left...wis...

Where Ohio'sJohn Kasich stands in the presidential polls
We are fans of Gov. Kasich since he served in the House of Representatives. It pleases us to finally see him as the potential President of the United States. We...

Cleveland hosts the first national Movement for Black Lives conference
What a wonderful experience this was, So much love and understanding, without all of the other distractions that tend to come with organizing for change, this e...

Air Force unit gets training and Youngstown gets rid of some eyesores
Do they have to totally destroy all the beautiful oak and leaded windows, which I am thinking are probably there? Do they just have to destroy them like that? C...

Jewish challah and Native American fry bread at an Akron cultural exchange
Each time I saw the young students relate to each other, I got goose bumps. These young students can and hopefully will teach all of us to live and respect eac...

One of the Cleveland Orchestra's most celebrated musicians bids farewell
I had the honor of studying with Franklin Cohen in the late 80s and early 90s. He is unparalleled both as a clarinetist and as a musician. His deep personal war...

Summa's dress code is not 'etched in stone'
SOME OF THESE POLICIES ARE A COMPLETE JOKE. UNLESS YOU ARE DOING THESE TYPE OF JOBS EVERY DAY, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IS COMFORTABLE AND REASONABLE OR NOT. UNLESS ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University