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PsychU is a free community and online resource library for mental health. Our members share one simple belief: enhanced information, increased collaboration, and ongoing discussion will lead to improved mental health care and patient outcomes for individuals with mental illness.

What’s New, Going Away, & Here To Stay: A Look Forward…

[WEBINAR] May 31, 2022 | 12pm ET – Join OPEN MINDS and Otsuka in a conversation about the impacts and the future of behavioral health. Hear results from the 2021 payer survey & explore how much the learnings from those are playing out today. Finally, the speakers will predict the future for 2022 and 2023 while seeking discussion with the audience.

PsychU 2022 Annual Theme
Opportunities in Mental Health

This year, opportunities in mental health focuses on the positive changes that can come about as mental health care continues to evolve post-pandemic. Join in the dialogue as the industry seizes new opportunities in mental health. #JoinTheConversation this year as #PsychU focuses in on Opportunities in Mental Health with our campaign Innovative. Empowered. Integrated.

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May Mental Health Awareness Month: An Interview With Salvatore Savatta, MD

May Mental Health Awareness Month: An Interview With Salvatore Savatta, MD

May has been recognized and celebrated as Mental Health Awareness month within the United States since 1949. During the month of May, efforts are made to reach millions across the nation through media, local events, screenings, and other platforms to raise awareness on the importance of mental health to our…
Mental Health Crisis Infographic

Mental Health Crisis Infographic

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May Mental Health Awareness Month: An Interview With Reza Moghadam, PharmD, MBA, Executive Director, Head Of Field Medical Affairs

May Mental Health Awareness Month: An Interview With Reza Moghadam, PharmD, MBA, Executive Director, Head Of Field Medical Affairs

May has been recognized and celebrated as Mental Health Awareness month within the United States since 1949. During the month of May, efforts are made to reach millions across the nation through media, local events, screenings, and other platforms to raise awareness on the importance of mental health to our…
Mental Health Crisis Infographic

Mental Health Crisis Infographic

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Acquiring A Medical Marijuana Card Linked To Development Of Cannabis Use Disorder Within 12 Weeks

Acquiring A Medical Marijuana Card Linked To Development Of Cannabis Use Disorder Within 12 Weeks

About 17% of adults ages 18 to 65 diagnosed with insomnia, pain, or anxiety who obtained medical marijuana cards immediately after receiving a qualifying diagnosis developed cannabis use disorder in the first 12 weeks. Among a similarly diagnosed group who waited 12 weeks before obtaining a medical marijuana card, 8.6%…
Chronic Health Care Better For People With SMI In Primary Care Medical Homes With Integrated Psychiatric Care

Chronic Health Care Better For People With SMI In Primary Care Medical Homes With Integrated Psychiatric Care

Among people with serious mental illness (SMI), those who received care through a specialized primary care medical home (PCMH) received more health screenings and had more improvement in care for chronic health conditions than those who received usual care. The most improvement in screening rates occurred for body mass index…
Re-Imagining The Dopamine Hypothesis Of Schizophrenia: How Can We Find A Balance?

Re-Imagining The Dopamine Hypothesis Of Schizophrenia: How Can We Find A Balance?

The dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia has been foundational in elucidating the benefit of dopamine-blocking actions of antipsychotic medications over the past 60 years. Although blocking the D2 receptors may lead to positive symptom-alleviation in schizophrenia, doing so may come at a great cost to the overall well-being of individuals with…

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  • Re-Imagining The Dopamine Hypothesis Of Schizophrenia: How Can We Find A Balance?

    Re-Imagining The Dopamine Hypothesis Of Schizophrenia: How Can We Find A Balance?

    The dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia has been foundational in elucidating the benefit of dopamine-blocking actions of antipsychotic medications over the past 60 years. Although blocking the D2 receptors may lead to positive symptom-alleviation in schizophrenia, doing so may come at a great cost to the overall well-being of individuals with…

  • 16% Of Community Mental Health Centers Use Measurement-Based Care, Despite Knowledge Of Value

    16% Of Community Mental Health Centers Use Measurement-Based Care, Despite Knowledge Of Value

    As of October 2021, 83% of community mental health center (CMHC) executives said that “their organization is familiar with the value of using measurement-based care (MBC)”, however just 16% were using MBCs. About 33% of CMHC executives said their organizations were “very familiar” or “extremely familiar” with measurement-based care. MBC…

  • New Florida Law Exempts Antipsychotics From Medicaid Step Therapy

    New Florida Law Exempts Antipsychotics From Medicaid Step Therapy

    On April 6, 2022, Florida enacted a bill to exempt Medicaid beneficiaries diagnosed with schizophrenia from step-therapy authorizations for antipsychotic medications. Under the new law, the beneficiary can be exempted if the physician documents medical necessity for a specific antipsychotic medication. The law is due to Florida Senate Bill (SB)…

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The Tech For Success With “Whole Person” Care

The Tech For Success With “Whole Person” Care

Many payers and many health plans are finally embracing ‘whole person’ approaches to care and looking for integrated models for care coordination. For example, California’s CalAIM will shift all of the state’s managed care delivery systems to one coordinating authority—including physical health services, non-specialty mental health services, dental managed care,…
The Definition Of Insanity: Behind The Scenes With Judge Leifman

The Definition Of Insanity: Behind The Scenes With Judge Leifman

Judge Leifman shares his perspective of the decriminalization program in which he started over 20 years ago. The Judge describes how the program got started and how it grew.  For more on this film, visit: https://www.pbs.org/show/definition-insanity/  
New Florida Law Exempts Antipsychotics From Medicaid Step Therapy

New Florida Law Exempts Antipsychotics From Medicaid Step Therapy

On April 6, 2022, Florida enacted a bill to exempt Medicaid beneficiaries diagnosed with schizophrenia from step-therapy authorizations for antipsychotic medications. Under the new law, the beneficiary can be exempted if the physician documents medical necessity for a specific antipsychotic medication. The law is due to Florida Senate Bill (SB)…

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Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A)

Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A)

Administration time: 10–15 minutes Main purpose: To assess the severity of symptoms of anxiety Population Adults, adolescents and children The HAM-A was one of the first rating scales developed to measure the severity of anxiety symptoms, and is still widely used today in both clinical and research settings. The scale…
The Frameworks in Health and Quality programs are born out of OPDC's dedication to provide leading insights in the diseases we treat and education about optimal management of these diseases. Each program provides a set of educational resources for payers, members of care teams, and patients and their caregivers. These resources emphasize patient wellness and educate about the disease and ways to manage it.

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Request a free educational program for your organization or region today! These customizable PsychU presentations are available both online and in-person, and cover a range of topics including: schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, care coordination, quality standards, and more.

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The Neuropsychiatric Inventory: Development & Applications

Diagnostic & Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders–Fifth Edition (DSM-5): Key Updates VS DSM-IV-TR

Distinguishing Sedation From Efficacy In Antipsychotic Treatment

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Through the exchange of information, experience, and ideas, PsychU aims to shift the current trajectory of mental health care and improve the future outlook for individuals with mental illnesses. The following organizations share this vision, and stand alongside PsychU as contributing partners and supporters.