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NEOMED Receives $7.5M Grant for Mental Health Centers

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Medical University received a $7.5 million grant from Peg’s Foundation Thursday for the college’s Department of psychiatry, the largest grant awarded specifically for mental health treatment by a private foundation in Ohio.

The grant supports three centers within the department: the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment Center, the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health and the Criminal Justice Center of Excellence.

“Mental health challenges touch all families. I am grateful for the impact this partnership is having locally and across the state,” said Peg’s Foundation President Rick Kellar in a release. “Early identification, best practice treatment, integrated care and medication management are all necessary to reducing the 25-year shortened life expectancy of those suffering mental illness.”

The mission of Peg’s Foundation, based in Hudson, is to improve mental health in northeastern Ohio. Grants from the foundation helped establish the three centers at NEOMED that received funds Thursday.

“The more than $20 million that the NEOMED has received from Peg’s Foundation since 2005 has allowed for the development and enhancement of the Department of Psychiatry’s centers of excellence,” said university President Jay A. Gershen. “But just as important, NEOMED’s partnership with Peg’s Foundation has allowed for hundreds of individuals served by dozens of community-based organizations to have access to effective treatments and interventions that they would have otherwise not received.”

Dr. Mark Munetz, chairman of the NEOMED psychiatry department, also announced the creation of the Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Annual Lecture Series and welcomed Dr. Anita Smith Everett, chief medical officer of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration and immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association, as the university visiting professor for community psychiatry.

A video of the grant presentation is available here.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.