Identifying and efficiently treating early symptoms of psychosis can delay or prevent the onset of chronic, disabling long-term illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which launched the RAISE (Recovery after Initial Schizophrenia Episode) studies in 2008, early treatment reduces the burden to both the individual and society at large, fundamentally altering the trajectory and prognosis of psychotic disorders.
Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for first episode psychosis (FEP) is a team-based approach that encourages the individual experiencing early psychosis to share in decisions about treatment and recovery goals. RAISE evaluated the implementation and effectiveness of the CSC model in community settings and found the CSC model was economical and more effective than usual care, particularly when intervention is received closer to the onset of psychotic symptoms.Read More +
Talk Therapy To help build personal skills of resiliency, management, and coping.
Supported Employment & Education Assistance with continuing to engage in or adjust to school and work goals while receiving care.
Medication Management If necessary, finding the best medication at the lowest possible dose.
Peer Support Guidance from those currently on their own recovery paths.
Case Management Skills and support to organize the practical issues presented during treatment. This includes communication with other team members.
Family Support and Education Tools designed to keep family members engaged and informed.
If you are a clinician trying to find First Episode Psychosis care we can help. In response to promising research, Congress has recognized the importance of early intervention in serious mental illness and provides federal funds through the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program for grant recipients to provide and monitor implementation of community-based mental health services, which has helped to expand First Episode Psychosis programs and training. While more funding and resources are needed, HeadsUp can connect you to the growing number of high-quality services that currently exist in Pennsylvania and around the United States. Visit our Resources Page for Clinicians for more information.
First episode psychosis centers are not always conveniently located to the people who need them. This may be particularly true for individuals or clinicians in rural communities.
If you are working with a client who may be experiencing early psychosis, we are here to help connect you to information regarding care, research, and telehealth resources.
For those seeking personal supports, we can help get you connected with a treatment resource near you!Read More +
Currently, HeadsUp offers professional consultative services via our HeadsUp Early Psychosis Mentor, a platform for Pennsylvania clinicians and treatment providers to pose questions to experts in the fields of early psychosis research and treatment. We are happy to provide you information based on your specific clinical needs, with the goal of providing the most up to date and evidenced based research guidance available.
If you are someone, or a loved one of someone, who is experiencing early psychosis, we are here for you! You can easily access resources and information or find local treatment providers on our website, or email us at HeadsUpPAorg@gmail.com for additional supports.
91% Decrease in number of participant hospitalizations
91% Decrease in average of hospital days
School Enrollment increased by 85% in those over 18
82% decrease in individuals attempting suicide
76% decrease in homelessness
*at 24 month follow-up