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Consultancy & Training Resources for Clinicians

About early psychosis

Intervening early has lasting benefit

What is psychosis

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 for First Episode Psychosis

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.

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Our CSC model typically includes:

Psychotherapy 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.


Resources and treatment options

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.

Understanding Psychosis Lecture

Tara Niendam, Ph.D. and The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence /EDAPT Clinics at UC Davis presented a half-day conference on December 13, 2017 entitled, “Psychosis: Understanding Your Treatment Options.”

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Telehealth Offering

First Episode Psychosis (FEP) centers are not always conveniently located to the people who need them. This may be particularly true for individuals in rural communities.

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If you are working with a client who may be experiencing early psychosis we are here to help connect you to information regarding online/telehealth resources.

If you are interested in learning more, contact us via email at: (please do not send any personal health information or personally identifying information via email).

Promising data shows improved outcomes for those in our FEP programs

Early Intervention in Psychiatry

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