Early Psychosis Intervention Plus

Shifting the emphasis of the mental health system to the early detection of mental disorders and intervention

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.

“One of the main goals of early intervention is to reduce the length of time a person remains psychotic to improve their chances of a good recovery.”
Tara Niendam

Associate Professor , University of California, Davis


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.

Expected Outcomes

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.


Assembly Bill 1315, signed into law in 2017, established the Early Psychosis Intervention Plus Program and tasked the Commission with oversight. The bill also established the Early Psychosis and Mood Disorder Detection and Intervention Fund within the State Treasury as a repository for state, federal, and private grants.

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.

Project Milestones

Next Steps

  1. 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.

  2. Explore Public/Private Partnerships

    Exploring partnership opportunities is critical for private insurance support of EPI Programs and for the collection and evaluation of data.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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