Thanks to our partnership with Current Psychiatry (CP) published through Quadrant Healthcom Inc., the sixth CPNP Savvy Psychopharmacology article is featured in the June edition of Current Psychiatry. The goal of this section is to present an evidence-based discussion to guide safe, effective prescribing of psychotropic medications. Aaron M. Pierce, DO, and CPNP Member Nancy C. Brahm, PharmD, MS, BCPP, authored this month's article on Opiates and psychotropics: Pharmacokinetics for practitioners.

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 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held their national convention in Chicago July 6th through 9th. CPNP members were once again involved in a variety of activities at the meeting. CPNP hosted a booth in the exhibit hall to increase awareness of psychiatric pharmacists and CPNP. CPNP volunteers also answered questions from consumers at the “Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist” booth in the exhibit hall. Members, Steven Burghart, Kimberly Lintner and Jennifer Zacher presented a workshop to a standing room only crowd on July 9 entitled, “Suicidality and Risks of Medications Used to Treat Mental Illness.”

Consumer Relations Committee chair, Steven Burghart reported, “CPNP and NAMI have enjoyed a close relationship for a number of years now. Numerous consumers and family members expressed their gratitude to CPNP for participating in the meeting and especially at the Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist booth. NAMI executive director, Mike Fitzpatrick also stopped by to personally thank us.”

CPNP's participation at NAMI would not be possible without the help of numerous volunteers. Members taking part included, Maggie Zasadzki, David Fuentes, Tami Argo, Jeff Bishop, Carol Ott, Lagenia Bailey, Jennifer Zacher, and Kimberly Lintner. Three residents from North Chicago VA also assisted: Jeanne Peterson, Kathryn Patrick and Lindsey Corbets. Also helping were members of the CPNP student chapter at Purdue, Nora Roman, Caitlin Lentz, Jeremy Daniel and Katie Jacobs.

The NAMI 2012 Convention is scheduled for June 27 to 30, 2012 in Seattle Washington. We hope you will consider participating in this event next year especially if you are in or near Seattle.

Each quarter, CPNP offers 1 CPNP University session FREE of charge to CPNP members. This quarter's COMPLIMENTARY CPNP University member product is Long-Term Effect of In-Utero Exposure to Psychotropic Medications, delivered at the 2010 Annual Meeting by Alicia Forinash.

This knowledge-based course provides access to the speaker's presentation and 1 hour of ACPE continuing education credit upon successful completion of the required online examination available through September 30, 2011. Once you select any CPNP University Course, the presentation will always be available to you through your My CPNP page even after the ACPE eligibility has expired.

You can learn more about this course and speaker Alicia Forinash at the CPNP University course page.

Holly Winkler, PharmD, BCPP, Clinical Pharmacist, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, has been named Ambulatory Care Preceptor of the Year by the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy.

Christian J. Teter, PharmD, BCPP, Assistant Professor at the University of New England College of Pharmacy will be speaking at the University of Bielefeld (Center for Interdisciplinary Research, ZiF), Germany. His lecture is titled “Cognitive enhancement: Prevalence and motives for the nonmedical use of prescription stimulants among students.”

Robin Hieber has recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor - Psychiatry at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy in Downers Grove, Illinois. It is a non-tenure track position with a clinical practice site located at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.

Eric Kutscher, PharmD, BCPP, is participating in the Wisconsin Triple Crown race this season. He won the second event of the season involving a 150k ride and 10,500 ft of climbing in just under 6 hours.

CPNP's The Mental Health Clinician (MHC) replaces the “E-News” feature with the goal of eventually becoming a peer-reviewed publication. Each themed issue includes a variety of electronic content from member interviews to research to committee updates. Members of the MHC editorial board include: Stephen Saklad (Senior Editor), Joshua Caballero (Incoming Senior Editor), Jerry McKee (Board Liaison), Mary Borovicka, Robin Hieber, Tiffany-Jade Kreys, Stephanie Phan, Amy Werremeyer, and Clinton Wright (Previous Senior Editor). We welcome readers to our first issue and request feedback that will help us improvement the quality of our publication! Please send responses to this issue or suggestions for future issues.