For patients with psychiatric and neurologic illness, there are many barriers to accessing optimal care, including (to name a few) lack of information, limited financial resources, inadequate transportation, and stigma.  The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Foundation envisions a world in which individuals with psychiatric and neurologic disorders receive optimal treatment, live free of stigma, and achieve their full potential.  The mission of the CPNP Foundation is to enhance the capacity of pharmacy professionals to provide effective and compassionate treatment of individuals with mental disorders.

Mental Health Pharmacy Directory

The CPNP Foundation believes that patients should have consistent access to community pharmacies and pharmacists who can offer private and empathic care.  That core belief, inspired the Foundation to develop the Mental Health Pharmacy Directory, an online searchable database of community-based pharmacies that provide care to patients living with mental illness.  This web site is searchable by location and also by services the pharmacies provide to patients with mental illness. 

What You Should Expect from Your Pharmacist - A Guide for Patients with Psychiatric Disorders and their Families:

In collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) the Foundation conducted research which showed that while many patients value their professional relationship with their pharmacist, many others do not have such a relationship.  Those without such a relationship may be missing the opportunity to benefit from the professional services that pharmacists can offer.  For example, not all pharmacists provide privacy for consultations, medication information and education, or monitoring of medications.  The Foundation has developed a What You Should Expect from Your Pharmacist - A Guide for Patients with Psychiatric Disorders and their Families. The guide describes the care that should be expected from pharmacists to ensure that patients can benefit from the professional services that pharmacists can provide.

Medication Fact Sheets

Members of CPNP strongly believe that patients with mental illness and their caregivers should have access to readily understandable information about medications commonly taken by individuals with mental illnesses.  To that end, CPNP members have developed and regularly update Medication Fact Sheets in cooperation with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).