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If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or is considering suicide, help is available. Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact Crisis Text Line by texting PA to 741741.
Heads Up does not offer clinical services.
ALL FEP CENTERS ARE ACCEPTING NEW PARTICIPANTS AS WELL AS CONTINUING TO OFFER SERVICES THAT FOLLOW CDC GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19
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.
EPINET is a national learning health care system for early psychosis. HeadsUp is now part of the Connection Learning Healthcare System (Connection LHS), an EPINET Regional Hub. Connection LHS, housed at The University of Maryland, represents a collaboration of investigators in early psychosis services. As a EPINET Regional Hub, Connection LHS uses data to improve early psychosis services and to promote a culture of collaborative learning and continuous quality improvement across 20 programs delivering Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for youth and young adults experiencing early psychosis and their families.
“PEPPNET’s mission is to support the national network of programs providing services to those at risk for or experiencing early psychosis by promoting communication, collaboration, and best practices so that individuals and families experiencing early psychosis have timely access to specialized, appropriate, and affordable care.”
“SMI Adviser is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The APA works closely on this project with a team of experts from 30 other mental health organizations. This team includes individuals, families, clinical experts, peers, and policy makers – all working to create access to the best resources on serious mental illness (SMI).”
“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.”
A recent publication in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, our PA FEP CSC programs demonstrates the ability to assess and improve critical outcomes of coordinated specialty care in PA. Improved outcomes by 12 months in treatment provides evidence of an effective treatment model and supports the continuation of these programs in pursuit of our goal of reducing schizophrenia disease burden on individuals and society.
Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is an extension of the important work of CBT for psychosis (CBTp) to individuals who have struggled to gain benefit from that approach. CBTp was originally developed to address positive symptoms (hallucinations and delusions) to help people regain their lives.
“OnTrackNY is an innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults who have had unusual thoughts and behaviors, or who have started hearing or seeing things that others don’t. OnTrackNY helps people achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships. Programs are located throughout New York State.”
First Episode: Psychosis Results from a 2011 NAMI Survey
“In response to strong demand from NAMI’s community of individuals and families affected by mental illness, NAMI initiated this survey and as part of a project that includes new resource materials on its website: www.nami.org/psychosis. The survey follows another NAMI survey, Schizophrenia: Public Attitudes, Personal Needs (2008) which found that an average nine year gap occurs between symptoms and the beginning of treatment.”
A collection of presentations from our colleagues at The Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER) at Ohio State. EPICENTER offers comprehensive behavioral health services for individuals who are experiencing early symptoms of psychosis.
“Informational tools produced by the Center for Early Detection, Assessment, and Response to Risk (CEDAR) in conjunction with the Prevention Collaborative, the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP), Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Adolescent Medicine and BCH Psychiatry.”
“A HealthChoices program designed to increase the availability of peer-to-peer child psychiatry consultation teams to primary care providers (PCPs), medical specialists, and other prescribers of psychotropic medications for children. The program provides real-time resources to the PCPs and other providers who desire immediate consultative advice for children with behavioral health concerns, covered by Medical Assistance, up to age 21.”
The presentation of perinatal mental health disorder is not always straightforward, and medication is not always immediately effective. PSI’s expert perinatal psychiatrists are available to share their skills and expertise with fellow medical professionals, providing necessary guidance and reassurance on any matter, but particularly those that may be more challenging.
Implementation and Outcomes of a Core Assessment Battery in PA FEP CSC Programs
Hosted by Massachusetts Psychosis Network for Early Treatment & presented by HeadsUp Co-Director, Monica E. Calkins, PhD this talk offers background and insight into PA first-episode psychosis (FEP) coordinated specialty care (CSC) programs implementation and use of a state-wide core assessment battery for program evaluation.
#MyCannabisIQ is an initiative championed by EPION, a network of people who work in early psychosis intervention (EPI) services in Ontario, for individuals and their family/caregivers to stay in-the-know about cannabis, its side effects, and the risk factors to keep in mind.
Call the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-Talk (8255) or contact Crisis Text Line by texting PA to 741741.
Questions for HeadsUp?
Catherine (Cat) Conroy, M.Ed, Manager of HeadsUp
Neurodevelopment and Psychosis Section, Department of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
10th floor, Gates Pavilion, HUP
3400 Spruce Street, Rm. 10054, Philadelphia, PA 19104 email@example.com
We are available during standard business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) to answer any questions you may have about our organization or to direct you to programs in Pennsylvania that can offer clinical help.