Promoting Recovery: Young Adult First Episode Psychosis Initiative

The Vermont Department of Mental Health is partnering with VCPI and consultants to launch a multi-year initiative to adopt evidence-based interventions and treatment approaches for young adults experiencing first-episode psychosis. The first year of funding will be dedicated to planning, training, and infrastructure development while targeting program implementation and workforce development in the second year. During the initial year, the principals will work with a diverse group of stakeholders – including youth, families, a diverse array of youth-serving providers, and other state partners serving both youth and adults – to more clearly define the identification and prioritization of the target population and complete a review of current evidence-based and promising practices for that target population, as well as to identify best-practice system approaches for addressing the needs of a youth population that may transcend usual age boundaries for service eligibility. This will include a range of practices that are currently planned or have been piloted in Vermont. These include Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) and Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC), as well as additional approaches (e.g., Open Dialogue, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Soteria, TIPS, and others) that have demonstrated value in Vermont for engaging and helping youth and families who are experiencing early emergence of serious issues and may be hard to serve.

Project Goals:

  • To create a statewide platform for education, awareness and dialogue around young adults experiencing first-episode psychosis
  • To identify evidence-based and promising practices and treatment approaches for young adults experiencing first-episode psychosis in Vermont
  • To identify and define the target population and assessed need for services
  • To develop a plan for implementation in Year Two including: identification of pilot sites, planned activities, future budget and data collection to support continuous improvement and dissemination and to evaluate program effectiveness

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