This clinical pearl by Gurprit Lamba, MD, and James M. Ellison, MD, MPH was published in the September 2011 issue of Current Psychiatry.

View this month's toolbox to access the Current Psychiatry pearl, MHC's strategies to treat clozapine hypersalivation, and other useful tools.

A reminder that a special subscription price is available to Current Psychiatry, a monthly peer-reviewed publication, and the leading source of practical, evidence-based information for healthcare professionals treating psychiatric patients. Thanks to the CPNP partnership with Current Psychiatry, CPNP members can receive a year of Current Psychiatry at a cost of $24, over 77% less than the normal subscription rate.

The CPNP Program and Recertification Planning Committees are pleased to announce the agenda and speakers for the 2012 Annual Meeting to be held April 29–May 2 in Tampa, Florida. Although additional information is posted daily, the Annual Meeting web pages at are full of detailed information about the sessions and speakers we have lined up.

True to the meeting theme, the four-day meeting is packed with content intended to challenge attendees to be proactive and forward-thinking as a pharmacy professional and leader:

Back by popular demand is Linda Strand, PharmD, BCPP, who will offer a full-day pre-meeting MTM boot camp on Sunday, April 29. This hands-on workshop will focus on Incorporating Comprehensive Medication Management (MTM) into your Practice.Topics include defining your service, recruiting patients, demonstrating value, and charging for and expanding your service.

Also offered on Sunday, April 29, Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH, will confront the controversies surrounding the use of antidepressants in the treatment of depressive disorders as he discusses Making Sense of Antidepressants: An Evidence-Based Approach to the Controversies.

Kicking off an exciting slate of sessions on Monday, April 30 is CPNP's own Barbara Wells, PharmD, FCCP, BCPP, speaking to Leadership Lessons Learned. Dr. Wells' presentation is designed to help you select strategies to maximize your ability to bring about change in your professional setting and realize your potential to build programs, improve the care of patients, and increase your personal effectiveness.

Maintaining the focus on change, Roy Perlis, MD, MSc, will discuss recent findings in genetic studies of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as examine their implications on diagnostic tools and treatment. Plan to attend Finding Common Ground Across the Psychosis Spectrum to gain insight into the future role of genetics in psychiatry.

Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, MD, narrows the focus on Tuesday morning to characteristics which may predict treatment response in depression as well as ways to “personalize” treatment to an individual. This session on Personalized Medicine in Depression will conclude with a discussion of current and future research that focuses on identifying specific predictors of treatment response, such as biomarkers, genes or neuroimaging

The closing keynote, Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System, focuses on the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric facilities and the role that has played in creating the current crisis of the criminalization of the mentally ill. Judge Steven Leifman, JD, a Miami-Dade County Judge who has also served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida, will discuss new and effective strategies that are being developed and employed to transform the mental health system. He will address ways that providers can assist those with mental health disorders to maneuver the criminal justice system to minimize burden.

This is just a taste of what the CPNP Annual Meeting has to offer. To learn more, refer to the Annual Meeting brochure which should be in your mailbox this week. For even more information, visit the CPNP Annual Meeting web pages at where you can link to information on the:

April 21–24, 2013 will be the dates and the historic Broadmoor Resort will be the site for the 2013 Annual Meeting. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, The Broadmoor is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards.

This Colorado Springs resort is located on 3,000 acres under the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain and offers an award-winning day spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, one lap pool; 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, 24-hour room service, valet parking, and 24 specialty retail shops.

The Broadmoor dining and lounge options are plentiful and offered in 18 distinctly different facilities, from fine French and Italian to al fresco American. Particularly popular with the CPNP group back in 2007 when the 10th Annual Meeting was held at The Broadmoor was the Golden Bee offering pub-fare, English charm, a ragtime piano player instigating sing-a-longs, and ale served in yards.

Although the surroundings and ambience are charming, the real action will be occurring in the CPNP Annual Meetings which are slated to be held in Broadmoor Hall, the newest, state of the art meeting space at the resort.

From coast-to-coast and around the globe, mental illness affects everyone. Every year, regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the United States — that is nearly 60 million Americans.

NAMIBikes is a multiple-distance bicycle ride for people who want to make a difference and help people living with mental illness. Net proceeds fund innovative programs at the national, state and community level. This event hosts individuals and teams from all over the state, integrating the passion and support of the mental health community with a rewarding experience for all participants and partners.

Registration for the event is $35.00 for individual riders. All registrants will receive a NAMIBikes event t-shirt. Participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers and business associates; minimum fundraising of $300 is encouraged in order to ride in the event. Companies, organizations and families are encouraged to organize teams of riders made up of employees, organization members, relatives and friends. Our next event is in Arizona:


To register online, visit

Congratulations To:

Raymond A. Lorenz, PharmD, BCPP, recently transitioned to a full-time position as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at AltaPointe Health Systems. He continues as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

Jennifer Zacher on her wedding November 11th!

Mitsi Lizer, PharmD, BCPP, has secured a 3-year commitment to fund a PGY2 Psych residency. This will be a joint endeavor between Winchester Medical Center, Northwestern Community Services (community service board) and Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy.

Amy VandenBerg, PharmD, BCPP, welcomed a baby girl, Nicole Marie, in June.

Julie Dopheide on her wedding November 11th!