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First Episode Psychosis

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Coordinated Specialty Care is a recovery-oriented treatment program for people with first episode psychosis. Coordinated Specialty Care promotes shared decision-making and uses a team of specialists who work with the client to create a personal treatment plan. The specialists offer psychotherapy, medication management, family education and support, case management, and work or education support depending on the individual’s needs and preferences.

In Minnesota, there are currently three pilot sites:

  • Hennepin Healthcare (Hennepin County Medical Center) for 35 people
  • University of Minnesota (M Health) for 90 people
  • Human Development Center (HDC) for 16 people
Over a two-year timeframe, these sites will recruit and work with individuals and families experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

History

In 2008, the National Institute of Mental Health launched the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) study. RAISE examined different aspects of treatment for people who were experiencing first episode psychosis. The RAISE study showed that getting services and supports early can reduce the effects of a first episode of psychosis, positively affect a person’s overall outcomes and increase functioning related to employment and education.

As a result, in 2014 Congress required all 50 states to set aside 5 percent of their Mental Health Block Grant to support clients with first episode psychosis. Congress increased the set aside to ten percent in 2016.

For questions on FEP:
FEP Policy Lead
651-431-2225
DHS.FEP@state.mn.us
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