New Resources Page for First Episode Psychosis
This week, the National Council launched a new resources page on first episode psychosis. The website includes information about the clinical, workforce, training and financing elements for successful adoption of early intervention models of care for psychosis. Similar to other chronic health conditions, the sooner symptoms are identified and a treatment program is put into action, the more likely it is for a patient’s overall condition and health status to improve.
Early intervention has received national attention over the last few months with the publication of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenic Episode (RAISE) study. The RAISE study provided “concrete data on this pioneering intervention for people that experience psychosis related to a schizophrenia diagnosis, which has resulted in remarkable outcomes for individuals who—up until this point in history—would have likely ended up permanently disabled and unable to participate in a lifetime of quality everyday living,” said the National Council’s Adam Swanson in his most recent blog post.
First episode psychosis also received a bump in federal appropriations through the Mental Health Block Grant for 2016-2017. The final budget agreement increases the proportion of the required set-aside for early intervention services from 5% of block grant funds to 10%. A $50 million funding increase in the block grant overall more than fully offsets the increased set-aside.