NYC launches program for persons experiencing first episode psychosis
In June of 2104, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene launched a pilot of the CTI model for individuals who are experiencing first episodes of psychosis (FEP) as part of its public health initiative to enhance early detection, treatment and referral to specialized early intervention services for psychotic illnesses. Working with Rufina Lee from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, a three month adaptation of the CTI intervention was created. Early intervention for psychotic illness is associated with improved clinical and functional outcomes but a significant proportion of young adults with FEP may not access treatment and support in a timely manner. Named the New York City Supportive Transition and Recovery Team (NYC START), this CTI team, composed of social workers and peer specialists, will offer care coordination, psycho-education and support services to New York City residents, age 18 to 30, who have been psychiatrically hospitalized for the first time ever due to psychosis.