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In 2008, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) launched the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) research project. RAISE researchers were testing the effectiveness and usability of coordinated specialty care (CSC) treatment to help people recover from a psychotic episode and to reduce the likelihood of future episodes and long-term disability. The ultimate goal is to help individuals who have experienced a psychotic disorder to get their lives back on track and pursue their life goals.

The RAISE research teams were funded through federal contracts (HHSN2712009000219C; HHSN271200900020C). The following NIMH staff members were responsible for project management and oversight of the RAISE initiative:

  • Dr. Robert K. Heinssen, Director of the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research served as the overall RAISE Study Director. 
  • Dr. Amy B. Goldstein was the RAISE Associate Study Director and the Government Project Officer for the RAISE Implementation and Evaluation Study (RAISE-IES).
  • Dr. Susan T. Azrin served as the Government Project Officer for the RAISE Early Treatment Program (RAISE-ETP) and worked collaboratively with several partnering federal agencies to provide technical assistance to states regarding the SAMHSA Community Mental Health Services Block Grant 5% set-aside for evidence-based treatments for early serious mental illness, including psychotic disorders.
  • Ms. Joanne Severe provided clinical trials operations and data management support for the research studies.

Learn more about RAISE:

For inquiries about RAISE, contact:

For press requests, contact: Jim McElroy, NIMH Press Office, 301-443-4536,