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The Early Onset Schizophrenia Community of Practice (CoP) is designed for community behavioral health organizations interested in developing a strategic plan to provide early screening and ongoing treatment for youth and young adults at risk of, or displaying symptoms of, first episode psychosis. From March 2015 through October 2015, the Early Onset Schizophrenia Community of Practice will engage in activities such as SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis, monthly webinars, monthly peer-led discussion groups, faculty consultations, and strategic plan development.

Selected participants will develop a strategic plan that includes:

  • Community partnerships as referral sources: Identify community resources that can be utilized as the point of screening and/or referral for screening.
  • Clinical portfolio: Identify your organization’s current treatment capacity and gaps, staffing and workflow adjustments, and specific clinical areas in need of expansion. Participating sites will access an overview of clinical best practices for this target population.
  • Financing: Identify funding sources, compliance and documentation requirements.
  • Organizational culture: Identify necessary adaptations to organizational practices needed to best serve this population and their families and/or social supports.


  • DC Department of Behavioral Health — Washington, DC
  • Dekalb Community Service Board — Decatur, GA
  • InterCommunity, Inc. — East Hartford, CT
  • Johnson County Mental Health Center — Olathe, KS
  • Metropolitan Human Services District — New Orleans, LA
  • Safe Harbor Behavioral Health — Erie, PA
  • Thresholds — Chicago, IL
  • Turning Point Community Programs — Sacramento, CA
  • Washington Community Mental Health Council — Seattle, WA
  • Westbrook Health Services, Inc. — Parkersburg, WV


The National Council will be joined by Stanford University School of Medicine’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Clinical Professor Dr. Steven Adelsheim and Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Kate Hardy as the lead faculty of this CoP. Additional content experts in the field of early onset psychosis will engage throughout the CoP on content-specific webinars and 1:1 phone-based consulting.

Application Submission

Applications are not currently being accepted for the Early Onset Schizophrenia Community of Practice.