Information for Policymakers

Policymakers who are working to improve the lives of persons with or at risk for mental illness are likely to find the materials listed under all sections of the Early Intervention in Psychosis virtual resource center to be of interest. Listed below are some additional references that may be of particular use to those addressing this issue from a policy perspective.

Additional References
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP) generated excellent results for the youth receiving care, including: reduced symptomatology; improved functioning; and increased participation in school/work. Additionally, this demonstration showed that effective systems of early identification and preventive intervention could be established in nationally representative cities and counties.

The Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis in Adolescents and Young Adults report of RWJF’s EDIPPP initiative provides a detailed overview of the rationale, structure, clinical protocols, operation, technical support, evaluation procedures, results, sustainability efforts, and key lessons learned in this comprehensive national initiative to help persons at risk for psychosis. An Executive Summary is also available. Click here for information on published research articles on outcomes.

RWJF also produced several short Issue Briefs in conjunction with the EDIPPP project that succinctly and effectively present the needs and benefits associated with investing in comprehensive care that can improve the long-term outcomes of persons in prodromal stages of psychosis.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

In 2015, SAMHSA released an Inventory and Environmental Scan of Evidence Based Practices for Treating Persons in Early Stages of Serious Mental Disorders. This comprehensive informational resource includes: examples of coordinated care models focused on meeting the needs of persons with recent-onset illness; information on individual evidence based practices that are common components of such models; a compilation of additional resources for providers, policymakers, families, and consumers on this topic; and brief narrative profiles for 10 specific coordinated care programs.

Subsequently, SAMHSA commissioned the development of several additional informational resources (fact sheets, guides, brochures, issue briefs, and a web-based curricula) designed to further assist states and communities with the planning, implementation, and operation of coordinated specialty care programs and associated services and supports to meet the needs of persons experiencing a first episode of psychosis.  These materials are provided below.

The National Center for Children in Poverty

In 2009, The National Center for Children in Poverty produced Facts for Policy Makers: Adolescent Mental Health in the United States that offers helpful information and recommendations for proactively addressing the mental health needs of young people.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website includes a statistics section with data on prevalence, disability, and costs associated with serious mental illness.

Consumer Testimony

Click here to view consumer testimony that was provided in 2014 to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions during a hearing entitled “Examining Mental Health Trends: Treatment Options and Trends.”

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Cultural Competence and Caring for Individuals with First-Episode Psychosis and their Families
International Resources

The New South Wales Health Department

The New South Wales Health Department produced a document in 2001, “Getting in Early: A framework for early intervention and prevention in mental health for young people in New South Wales.” This report outlines five broad strategies for progressing prevention and early intervention in mental health for young people: 1) developing and coordinating comprehensive programs and services; 2) engaging young people and their families and providing comprehensive assessment and management; 3) developing and implementing prevention programs; 4) educating the community, particularly on depression and related disorders and first onset psychosis in young people; and 5) monitoring quality and effectiveness.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care published a comprehensive document, “Program Policy Framework for Early Intervention in Psychosis,” that establishes Ontario’s policy framework, identifying seven key components of early intervention: facilitating access and early intervention, comprehensive assessment, treatment, psychosocial supports, family education and support, research, and public education.