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Pets in residence

More colleges make space for Fluffy and Fido as a calming influence.

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Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia

David Penn, PhD, a Linda Wagner-Martin Distinguished Professor and director of psychological services at the Center’s OASIS, is co-author of a study on talk therapy's use in easing Schizophrenia.Take a look at this article published in the New York Times.

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New art in Student Union Art Gallery comes from Brushes with Life Art

It’s showing, not telling. All of the artwork featured in the new Carolina Union art exhibit came from Brushes with Life, a program committed to giving artists with mental illnesses a chance to develop and showcase their skills.

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Healing Gardens

It’s not so easy to see the connection between people and plants, and yet that connection is all around us. Plants are represented in our food, clothes, homes, medicines and even the air we breathe. However, this story is about what many people consider a deeper connection.

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Psychiatrists making house calls

The ACT model was born in the 1970s, in an early wave of de-institutionalization for some mentally ill patients. Research studies showed that a team approach was most helpful to patients making the transition to independent living. “We try to recreate the security and safety that they get in the hospital,” Carol VanderZwaag, MD, says. “You can’t take people who’ve been institutionalized and expect them to live their lives without help.”

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The power of cute for mental health

The UNC PAWS program (Puppy Development Center) of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health trains puppies that become service dogs for veterans and others with disabilities.

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Tiny Homes to house people with mental illness

Providing a place to live, along with support services, for people with mental illness is the goal of a partnership that aims to begin building a small community of 200-square-foot “tiny homes” at The Farm at Penny Lane in Chatham County

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Pilot Step-Down program fills a gap in transitioning ACT clients to lower intensity care

The Center's ACT Team is piloting a new program that will fill an important gap in community-based treatment of individuals with severe mental illness in Orange and Chatham counties. A Medicaid-funded service that will be a subset of the current ACT team, the new Step-Down program will aid individuals as they transition from the high-intensity treatment of the ACT team to independent office-based care.

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Supported employment program achieves early successes

UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health launched a new evidence-based supported employment program for individuals with mental illness in June of 2014. The program recently received an exemplary rating by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

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Fair Local organic food held its biannual farmer’s market

The Center's Farm at Penny Lane participated at UNC's biannual farmer's market at the Pit. The event is held each semester to introduce students to local sources of food and other products.

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A call for help WRAL Documentary Interview John Gilmore, MD

"A Call for Help" examines the increasing frequency of interactions between law enforcement officers and the mentally ill.

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Therapeutic dog-training program UNC-PAWS launches at Pittsboro-farm

UNC PAWS (peer assisted wellness support) a shelter- to-pet program at The Farm at Penny Lane in Chatham County, is a program of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. UNC PAWS provides support for individuals with severe mental illness and prepares shelter dogs for a forever home.

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UNC PAWS Connects for Success

At UNC PAWS, a new shelter-to-pet program at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, clinicians amplify those benefits by connecting shelter dogs with people who suffer from addiction disorders, depression and schizophrenia, among other severe mental illnesses.

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Blood test may help determine who is at risk for psychosis, Diana Perkins, MD, is coauthor

Published in the Schizophrenic Bulletin, Diana Perkins, MD, medical director at OASIS, at the UNC Center of Excellence for Community Mental Health, is coauthor.

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Students learn spiritual practicality for both life and work

In a collaboration between the UNC School of Social Work and the Duke Divinity School, Dustin Rawlins, who is in his fourth year in the program, completed his field placement this past spring with the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, where he worked in a critical time intervention (CTI) model with community partners such as psychiatrists and mental health workers.

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UNC psychiatrists serve local homeless community by taking the clinic to the street

The Center's Annie Kelly, MD, heads the new psychiatric street medicine program that is a designated AHEC psychiatric training site. She and psychiatry residents Anisha Gulati, MD, and Alicia Watson, MD, spend Thursdays assisting the homeless with mental illness as they make rounds on and around Chapel Hill's Franklin Street.

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The Center's Caroline Ginley heads the Community Outreach Court (CRC) program. A collaboration with Judicial District 15-Orange and Chatham counties, CRC addresses the needs of individuals with diagnosed mental disorders who become involved with the criminal courts in Orange or Chatham County. CRC was formerly an OPC area program. Ginley and CRC colleague Jim White are located at the Center's Carr Mill location.

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Penny Lane Farm provides therapy for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities

Interview with Thava Mahadevan, MS, director and founder of The Farm at Penny Lane and director of operations at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health

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John Gilmore, MD, NPR The State of Things

John Gilmore, MD, vice chair of Research and Scientific Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Duke Researcher Richard Mooney, PhD, discuss "Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices" on NPR's The State of Things.

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John Gilmore, MD, on Tarheel Talk

John Gilmore, MD, and Van Eure from the Foundation of Hope discuss the history of the Walk for Hope and the upcoming event. scheduled October 13.

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