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President's Message: Tremendous Support in Salt Lake City

The Foundation Board members enjoyed greeting both familiar and new faces at the CPNP Annual Meeting in beautiful Salt Lake City! We had a tremendous response to the BeThe1To SAVE A LIFE campaign to prevent suicide. There was a constant stream of people taking photos at the BeThe1To signature wall, and we especially appreciated all the students and faculty advisors who stopped by to chat. Members purchased an amazing 180 shirts, and in collaboration with a matching donation from CPNP, we delivered a check for $4,500 to NAMI. Read more.

Grant Opportunity for Students, Residents, and Fellows Conducting Projects or Research

The CPNP Foundation is excited to announce that the 2019 Defining the Future Research Grant cycle has begun! This annual grant program is designated specifically for students, residents, and fellows interested in psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy. Projects and scholarly research pursuits will be considered for the grant. All submissions must align with the vision and mission of the Foundation. Up to four grants of $1500 will be awarded to support the projects of the selected individuals or groups. Grant applications are due August 31, 2019 in the online application portalRead more.

Student Grants Invest in the Future of Psychiatric Pharmacy

We are thrilled to share that 29 donors, including multiple CPNP Past Presidents, contributed to the registration and travel scholarships awarded to 20 students to attend the 2019 CPNP Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Generous contributions like these support the future of psychiatric pharmacy and show commitment to improving the care of patients living with psychiatric, neurologic, and substance use disorders. The CPNP Foundation thanks all of its donors for their generosity and engourages others to support future student grant awards at Many of the student recipients passed along their thanks as well! Please enjoy a few thank you notes from student grant recipients in the full article. Read more.

Donor Spotlight: Ann Richards, PharmD, BCPP

CPNP Foundation enjoys featuring donors who exemplify the values of the Foundation through their dedication to evidence-based care, commitment to meeting the needs of patients living with psychiatric and neurologic disorders and their families, and through their sustained support. In this issue of Kaleidoscope, we feature Ann Richards, PharmD, BCPP who was a Founding Member of CPNP (1998), a CPNP Past President (2009-2010), and a Founding Circle member of the CPNP Foundation (2011). The CPNP Foundation Board of Directors thanks Dr. Richards for her dedication to psychiatric pharmacy which she continues to sustain in her retirement years. We caught up with Dr. Richards about her career and the impact that CPNP and the CPNP Foundation had on her career and life. Read more.

Defining the Future Recipients Recap Their Experiences

Each year, the CPNP Foundation presents the Defining the Future grant program, and we are pleased to share that all four of the 2018 grant recipients had their poster abstracts accepted for the 2019 CPNP Annual Meeting. We followed up with the 2018 grant recipients to learn more about their experience and how the Defining the Future grant impacted their projects. Read the article and click on the title of each project to view each recipients' final poster! Read more.

Mental Illness, Community Pharmacists, and a National Movement Towards Accessing Mental Health First Aid Training

For pharmacists looking to make a difference in patient’s lives, Mental Health First Aid, administered by the National Council’s trained facilitators, or similar training can be the foundation of a new direction in their clinical practice. Board certified pharmacists are encouraged to support and participate in this movement, as mental illness and substance use disorders are seen in all specialty and non-specialty practice settings. This national training initiative has the potential to be an important step in making inroads regarding improving pharmacists’ comfort and confidence in serving persons dealing with a mental illness, and correspondingly, improving access to much needed care for this population and can literally be a life-saving endeavor. Read the full article here. Read more.

Mental Health First Aid Graduates 58 Participants at CPNP 2019

Certified instructors and CPNP members, Jerry McKee, PharmD, MS, BCPP and Azita Alipour, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP taught the course over two days before CPNP 2019 with 42 students and 16 non-students in attendance. Participants learned about and practiced crisis and non-crisis first aid for traumatic events, acute psychosis, withdrawal, and overdose. Following the event, participants received a certificate of completion from Mental Health First Aid USA acknowledging certification which is valid for 3 years. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) also provided 8 hours of continuing education credit for pharmacist participants. Read more.