Written Questions Due Date: May 8, 2020
Application Due Date: July 17, 2020 by 4:00 PM
Early Psychosis Intervention Plus (EPI Plus) – 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.
The Advisory Committee recommended, and 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 Advisory Committee recommended and the Commission approved that the Commission set aside funds in the amount of $3.89 million (20% of the total) for a technical assistance contractor who will provide support and guidance to grantees, ensure program quality, and strengthen the statewide network of CSC providers. This contract would be provided over a four-year term. The Commission also approved the apportionment of remainder, $15,562,000 (80% of the total) 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. Grants will not exceed $2 million over a four-year grant term.