Early Psychosis Intervention Plus (EPI Plus) Round 2- Request for Application
Assembly Bill 1315 (Mullin) established the Early Psychosis Intervention Plus (EPI Plus) Program and the EPI Plus Advisory Committee to advise the Commission regarding the allocation of funds for a competitive selection process to expand the provision of high-quality, evidence-based early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention services in the state.
To support a more coordinated effort to decrease the duration of untreated psychosis and mood disorder, the Commission was provided $19,452,000 through the Budget Act of 2019 to ensure that programs operate with fidelity to an evidence-based model and expand service capacity for early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention services in California.
In the first EPI RFA, released on April 20, 2020, the Commission approved that the $19,452,000 available for this Request for Application (RFA) be allocated to support the expansion and capacity building of programs using the Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) model across California. The Commission approved that $15,562,000 (80% of the total) be set aside to fund program grants to counties or counties acting jointly who will expand the capacity and bring to full fidelity the current early intervention of psychosis and mood disorder services within their communities. The remaining $3.89 million (20% of the total) was set aside for a technical assistance contractor.
Five (5) applications were received, and five (5) grants were issued in the total amount of $9,996,034. A balance of $5,565,966 remains to be distributed. The Advisory Committee has recommended, and the Commission has approved that $4 million of remaining funds be distributed through this competitive procurement process with a focus on addressing the disparities which exist for African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Latinxs, LGBTQ+, Native Americans, and other traditionally underserved or inappropriately served populations (Diverse, Racial, and Ethnic communities).