Mental Health Pharmacy Directory

The Mental Health Pharmacy Directory   connects individuals and healthcare professionals with pharmacies who provide services and compassionate care to patients living with mental illness. This directory is assists patients, their caregivers, and their health care team by allowing them to search for mental health pharmacies (MHP) in their area who have specialized knowledge about the medications they take for conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

The directory lists MHPs that are embedded in or adjacent to a mental health care facility or are stand-alone pharmacies. MHPs show empathy for individuals with mental illnesses, provide verbal education about psychiatric medications, communicate with mental health care providers (e.g., MDs, APRNs, therapists, etc.) to resolve medication-related problems, dispense special mental health medications such as clozapine or long-acting injectable antipsychotics, and motivate adherence behavior by providing individualized medication reminder packaging, devices, or delivering/mailing medications. 

What You Should Expect from Your Pharmacist - A Guide for Patients and Families

This resource was developed to provide patients and families with information on what they should expect when working with a pharmacist. The relationship with a pharmacist is essential to understanding medications and how to get the most benefit while avoiding unwanted side effects.

View full Guide for Patients and Families

Pharmacist Education

At the 2015 CPNP Annual Meeting, the Foundation supported programing entitled “Stigma and Psychiatric Disorders: Understanding and Managing Personal Biases." That program is available as a resource for all healthcare practitioners.

Research

The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Foundation conducts, encourages, and supports research that advances our vision and mission. This is evident through our collaborative work with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and our support of future pharmacists.

Defining the Future Research Grants

This grant program seeks to encourage doctor of pharmacy students and post-doctoral residents with an interest in psychiatric and neurologic disorders to investigate topics related to stigma or comprehensive medication management as a best practice. Using a competitive selection process, the Foundation annually funds three grants of up to $1500 each.  Applications are due annually by August 31 and announced by October 1. Recipients must submit their findings as a poster presentation at the CPNP Annual Meeting the following year.

   

 

Stigma Research Project

The Foundation has placed a priority upon enhancing our understanding of the issues around stigma and social distancing among community pharmacists as a beginning point to make inroads in decreasing stigma among all healthcare providers. The Foundation collaborated with Dr. Vincent Giannetti and colleagues at the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy to explore community pharmacists’ knowledge of and attitudes toward mental illness, comfort and confidence in dealing with persons with mental illness, and the services they provide to this population via a comprehensive national survey. 

The results of the CPNP Foundation stigma survey were presented in two posters by Dr. Vince Giannetti and Dr. Khalid Kamal in Phoenix, Arizona at the 2017 CPNP Annual Meeting. This stigma research project involved developing an original, 101-item survey for community pharmacists which focused on their provision of pharmacy services and their comparative opinions about working with patients who have mental illness. 

Poster 1 | Poster 2

The comparative opinions section of the survey measured pharmacists' attitudes, perceptions and beliefs about patients diagnosed with a mental illness. Information about pharmacist demographics, knowledge and practice characteristics were also collected. A brief summary of the findings are provided below:

  1. Pharmacists report overall willingness and interest to provide services for patients with mental illness, but comparatively lower comfort and confidence in their abilities.
  2. Survey respondents with personal experience with mental illness was associated with higher scores across all four domains of service provision, lower levels of stigma and more positive attitudes.
  3. Pharmacists rated confidence and comfort as being low when needing to ask patients about their therapeutic goals, as well as when speaking with physician's about the patient's medication. Of interest is the key finding from the 2012 CPNPF/NAMI survey was that identified 75% of NAMI member respondents (n = 1,031) reporting that they did not receive medication effectiveness monitoring assistance from their community pharmacist.
  4. This study identified prevalent stigma among the surveyed sample of community pharmacists. These results are consistent with the findings of previous researchers. Thus, an opportunity exists to reduce the level of stigma in community pharmacy.

Two separate manuscripts have been prepared to describe the results of this survey, the first manuscript presents the survey data and the second manuscript analyzes the survey data to determine relationships between service provision and comparative opinoins regarding mental illness. These manuscripts will be submitted to Psychiatric Services for review.

Members of the CPNP Foundation who participated in this project include: Barbara Wells, Dean Najarian, Jerry McKee. Collaborators from Duquesne University include: Vince Gianetti, Khalid Kamal, Jordan Covvey, Tyler Dunn, and Pratyusha Vadagam.

Student Development

The Student Registration/Travel Grant Program promotes the learning through attendance at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Annual Meeting. Thanks to the generous support of the CPNP Past Presidents’ Destiny Fund and CPNP members, in 2017 this will be accomplished by offering 20 grants to students to cover their full conference registration plus additional funding to apply toward travel and lodging expenses. In addition to access to programming specific to psychopharmacology, students also network with practitioners and can opt to have participate in a mentoring session.

View the full press release announcing the 2017 grant recipients.

The application review and selection process incorporates the use of a scoring rubric that takes into account each student's CV or resume, personal essay, and letter of recommendation. Additionally, students can earn bonus points through submission of a poster abstract or being a contributing author on a poster abstract submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting for which they are applying for a registration/travel grant.

A quote from a former Student Registration/Travel Grant Recipient:

“The Foundation scholarship funding was especially important in making my participation possible. The grant opportunity was a factor in my decision to attend CPNP over other pharmacy practice meetings because of the financial support it offered. Additionally, its existence spoke volumes about CPNP’s desire to have student attendance and participation, which made me want to attend regardless of the outcome of my application. I was absolutely thrilled with my experience at the CPNP Meeting. As a student who had a baseline interest in psychiatric pharmacy, I wanted to attend a meeting specific to this concentration. The content of all the programming did not disappoint. From a student’s perspective, most topics were beyond the scope of classroom learning and gave an inside look to the diversity and complexity of clinical reality. The CPNP Foundation Student Travel Scholarship, student programming, and continuing interest in the student perspective demonstrate that psychiatric pharmacy practice is a welcoming and fostering environment for new practitioners.”

Past Initiatives

Characterizing the Relationship Between Individuals with Mental Health Conditions and Community Pharmacists - Results from a 2012 Survey

In collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Foundation conducted research which revealed that while many patients with mental illness and their caregivers 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. Read the complete report.