Improving Lives Through Early Diagnosis and Treatment
Nearly 100,000 adolescents and young adults experience their first psychotic episode each year in the United States. With half of all mental disorders manifesting by the age of 14 and 75 percent by the age of 24, the early detection and early intervention of psychosis can improve the lives of adolescents and young adults, significantly reducing the impact of mental health challenges.
The Early Psychosis Intervention Plus (EPI Plus) Program aspires to help improve the lives of Californians with mental health needs before those needs escalate and become severe or disabling.
The program establishes a framework for supporting collaborative efforts to shift the emphasis in California’s mental health system to early detection and intervention.
The program will identify a coordinated specialty treatment approach, evidence-based therapies, family support, medication management, and recovery-oriented practices to address psychotic symptoms and promote resilience.
The Commission seeks to expand the provision of high-quality, evidence-based early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention services in California. These funds will support the goal of moving California from a stage 4 crisis response system to a stage 1 early intervention system of care.
Additionally, AB 1315 established an advisory committee to guide administration of a competitive selection process for funding programs.
Money for the EPI Plus Program comes from state and federal grants, private donations, and other sources.
Fund New EPI Programs
The strategy of funding for new EPI Programs would allow the team to identify strategic locations of programs, collect data, and incentivize multi-county collaborative efforts.
Explore Public/Private Partnerships
Exploring partnership opportunities is critical for private insurance support of EPI Programs and for the collection and evaluation of data.
Develop Statewide Training and Technical Assistance Programs
Promote statewide training programs based upon a standardized curriculum to ensure the consistency and reproducibility of outcomes across counties.
New RFA Release for Remaining Allocation of Funds
Release an RFA in Spring of 2020 which will focus on reducing racial disparities and supporting minority communities that experience inequalities in accessing early psychosis care.
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