Early Intervention in Psychosis

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Welcome to the NASMHPD Early Intervention in Psychosis virtual resource center, made possible through the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Psychotic illnesses typically emerge in the teen years or during early adulthood, with the potential for significant long-term impairment.  Recent research, however, has demonstrated that appropriate treatments and supports can: 

  • Help to prevent the full-onset of illness for persons in a high-risk state; and
  • Improve long-term outcomes for those who have already had a first episode of psychosis.

The research has led to the development of early intervention and treatment programs with the potential to benefit millions of youth and young adults with or at risk of psychosis.

The Early Intervention in Psychosis virtual resource center is designed to provide reliable information for practitioners, policymakers, individuals, families, and communities in order to foster more widespread adoption and utilization of early intervention programming for persons at risk for (or experiencing a first episode of) psychosis.  The site includes information from a national RWJF-funded demonstration to identify and prevent the onset of psychotic illness – the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP) ­– as well as other early intervention initiatives. 

If you're looking for a program providing early intervention in psychosis, SAMHSA has developed a free online treatment locator searchable by state: https://www.samhsa.gov/esmi-treatment-locator

If you are looking for materials related to early intervention in psychosis and treatment or clinical issues, system issues, program and financing issues, or family involvement, you may access them at our Technical Assistance Portfolio, which is located here.

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