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First Episode Psychosis: An Information Guide

The purpose of this information guide is to provide information about a first episode of psychosis, its treatment and recovery. It has been written for people experiencing a first episode of psychosis and their family members, to help them gain a better understanding of this illness. Increased awareness of the signs, symptoms and treatment may improve the outcome for people with a first episode of psychosis.

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First Episode- Results from a 2011 NAMI Survey

RAISE Early Treatment Program Manuals and Program Resources

NAVIGATE is a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) treatment model developed by the RAISE Early Treatment Program  (ETP). See available NAVIGATE resources  on the ETP project site including Director Manual, Family Intervention Manual, Individual Resiliency Training (IRT) Complete Manual, Psychopharmacology Manual, Supported Employment and Education (SEE) Manual, and Team Guide Manual.

Components of Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis Webinars

Components of Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis Webinars

Webinars were created for state mental health program directors in order to provide further guidance related to the development of CSC programs for FEP. These webinars were held on:

May 2, 2014 

May 12, 2014 

Can We Prevent Disability from Serious Mental Illnesses? Examining Outcomes of New Youth Psychosis Treatments

Coordinated Specialty Care Fact Sheet and Checklist

Coordinated specialty care (CSC) is a general term used to describe recovery-oriented treatment programs for people with first episode psychosis (FEP). CSC uses a team of health professionals and specialists who work with the client to create a personal treatment plan based on the client’s life goals and preferences.

The team offers recovery-oriented psychotherapy, medication management geared to individuals with FEP, case management, employment and education support, and family education and support. The client and the team work together to make treatment decisions, involving family members as much as possible.

Compared to typical care for FEP, CSC has been shown to be more effective at reducing symptoms, improving quality of life and increasing involvement in work or school. There are many different programs that can be considered coordinated specialty care. In the United States, examples of CSC programs include (but are not limited to) NAVIGATE, the Connection Program, OnTrackNY, the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) program, and the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA). For help finding a CSC program in your area, visit the Patients and Families section of the RAISE webpage: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/raise.

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Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Study

Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE)

What is RAISE?

In 2008, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) launched the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project. RAISE is a large-scale research initiative that began with two studies examining different aspects of coordinated specialty care (CSC) treatments for people who were experiencing first episode psychosis. One study focused on whether or not the treatment worked better than care typically available in community settings. The other project studied the best way for clinics to start using the treatment program. Read more.

What is Psychosis?

The word psychosis is used to describe conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality. When someone becomes ill in this way it is called a psychotic episode. Read more.

What is Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC)?

Coordinated specialty care (CSC) is a recovery-oriented treatment program for people with first episode psychosis (FEP). CSC promotes shared decision making and uses a team of specialists who work with the client to create a personal treatment plan. The specialists offer psychotherapy, medication management geared to individuals with FEP, family education and support, case management, and work or education support, depending on the individual’s needs and preferences. Read more.

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VCPI Presented on Co-op Model at National Council Conference

The Co-Op was invited to present at the National Council Conference in March 2016. The NATCON conference represents the largest gathering of mental health and addiction staff treatment providers in our industry. Our session,  Innovative Collaboration: Creating a Statewide Practice Improvement Cooperative highlighted the Co-op's development, the innovative work that is happening in Vermont, and the commitment and critical role of our statewide partners.

A big thank you to Ralph Provenza, Bob Thorn, and Vic Martini, members of our Leadership Team who were there in support of VCPI, as well as to Nick Nichols and Ken Minkoff who were co-presenters.

 

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Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in conjunction with subject matter experts, conducted research to identify core competencies for peer workers in behavioral health and later posted the draft competencies developed with these stakeholders online for comment. This document represents the final product of that process. As our understanding of peer support grows and the contexts in which peer recovery support services are provided evolve, the core competencies must evolve over time. Therefore, updates to these competencies may occur periodically in the future.

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Integrated Scope of Practice Resource

The Integrated Scope of Practice for Singly Trained Clinicians Working with People with Co-Occurring Issues sheet provides tips and information surrounding screening, trauma-informed approach, treatment planning and support- including stage-matched treatment, interventions, skills training, education and collaboration.

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Changing the World: Informing Hope, Health & Recovery

This PowerPoint presentation is oriented around transforming systems at every level to be about the needs, hopes and dreams of the people and families with complex needs who come to our door.

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12 Steps of Complexity Competency for Child/Family Staff

This sheet provides tips for welcoming child/family clients, identifying stages of change, improving communication, providing stage-matched interventions, linking clients/families with recovery services and resources, as well as enhancing collaboration and engagement (with clients, families and other staff).

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12 Steps of Complexity Competency for Adult Staff

This sheet provides tips for welcoming clients, identifying stages of change, improving communication, providing stage-matched interventions as well as enhancing collaboration and engagement (with clients, families and other staff).

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