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Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis - Resources

On January 17, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 3547 , the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014.” This legislation provides funds to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the development of early psychosis treatment programs across the United States. To ensure that programs implemented are evidence-based, the National Institute of Mental Health was directed to collaborate with SAMHSA in developing input for states regarding what are promising first episode psychosis (FEP) treatment models.

A variety of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) program development materials—including treatment manuals, videos, educational handouts, and worksheets—are available to assist states’ efforts to initiate or expand CSC services for youth and young adults with FEP. A summary of available resources with additional information as to where they may be found is detailed below.

Evidence-based Treatments for First Episode Psychosis: Components of Coordinated Specialty Care

This overview document summarizes the evidence base for coordinated specialty care for FEP. The document addresses core components of care, staffing needs, training and supervision requirements, quality assurance, and financing information.

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 

RAISE Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis Manuals

Developed by the RAISE Connection Program research team, this is a series of manuals focused on Outreach and Recruitment (Manual I) and Implementation (Manual II).

Manual I: Outreach and Recruitment summarizes key concepts, principles, and processes involved in community outreach and developing and maintaining referral networks. The manual includes sample brochures, contact forms, screening packets, and an overview of how to establish outreach and referral tracking system.

Manual II: Implementation provides a concise overview of administrative, training, and supervision activities needed to start an FEP treatment program. The manual provides a ‘Getting Started Checklist,’ sample program inclusion/exclusion criteria, job descriptions, resources/references for background reading, and discussion of how to monitor program fidelity.

RAISE Early Treatment Program Manuals and Program Resources

NAVIGATE is a 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.

Voices of Recovery Video Series

A series of 24 vignettes of consumer and family members, the videos  share inspirational and informative recovery stories focusing on a variety of topics. A manual is also available to help integrate the videos into treatment and training.

OnTrackNY Manuals and Program Resources

The RAISE Connection Program clinical manuals were revised and adapted for use in the implementation of a statewide CSC Program, OnTrackNY . Manuals available for download include: Team Manual, Psychopharmacology Manual, Primary Clinician’s Manual, IPS Supported Employment and Supported Education Manual, Recovery Coach Manual, and Outreach and Recruitment Manual. Relevant tools and other free resources are also available.

Interactive Planning Tool

This tool estimates the number of CSC teams needed to serve a given population, and the cost of those teams. The Excel-based tool is described in a 2013 publication  and is available online .

Note: A 508 compliant version of “Evidence-based Treatments for First Episode Psychosis : Components of Coordinated Specialty Care,” “Manual I: Outreach and Recruitment,” and “Manual II: Implementation” will be provided soon.