Introduction Michael C. Dulchin, M.D., and John M. Oldham, M.D. The 11th annual New York State Office of Mental Health Re- search Conference met in Albany for three days in early Decem- ber 1998. Beginning its second decade, the conference continued to draw outstanding researchers from around the country and to draw clinicians from across the mental health disciplines. Paper presentations, workshops, plenary sessions, special presentations, poster sessions, informatics updates, and review courses contin- ued as did the live interactive satellite broadcast, this year on Borderline Personality Disorder. Drawing on the success of the format of last year's "Roundtable Controversy" numerous "Ask the Experts" forums were included in this year's conference. Four panels of renowned clinicians answered questions on topics in- cluding the pharmacotherapy of Panic Disorder, new antipsychot- ics, new anti-depressants, and the pharmacotherapy of Bipolar Disorder. This special issue of the Psychiatric Quarterly includes six out- standing papers from the many excellent presentations. The first three papers focus on some of the psychosocial aspects of treating the chronically mentally ill. Anthony Lehman reviews the evi- dence for effective treatment of schizophrenia. He reviews the ef- ficacy data for pharmacotherapy, psychological interventions, family interventions, vocational rehabilitation, community treat- ment Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

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