Serving Early Psychosis Populations: Evidence-Based Practices and Systems

BHCOE Spring 2017 Symposium

This one-day Symposium brought together decision makers, providers, consumers, family members, and researchers to exchange ideas and information about evidence-based practices and systems serving early psychosis populations.  We covered a diverse set of topics including pathways into care, statewide approaches to providing services, addressing the needs of diverse populations, and funding approaches.  Thank you for joining in on the dialogue.

Monday, May 1, 2017
9:00am - 4:30pm

UC Davis Health Education Building
Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

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Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research within the Department of Psychiatry. She also directs the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute

Before, During and After: Successes and Challenges in the Delivery of Early Psychosis Treatment: The NY Experience

Learning Objectives:


  • To understand the role of duration of untreated psychosis in outcomes in schizophrenia
  • To identify bottlenecks in the pathway to care for individuals with early psychosis


  • To understand the components and outcomes of coordinated specialty care
  • To identify important gaps in knowledge about treatment for early psychosis


  • To understand what is known about follow-up studies of specialized early psychosis services.
  • To identify the challenges for providing optimal follow-up care.


Tamara Sale, M.A., director of the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) Center for Excellence at Portland State University Regional Research Institute. Ms. Sale was responsible for the development and implementation of early psychosis services in Oregon, starting with a five-county regional program in 2001 and statewide dissemination beginning in 2007.

Integrating the Evidence in an Evolving System of Care:  Oregon's Experience

Learning Objectives:

This session will describe frequently misunderstood or overlooked aspects of early psychosis knowledge translation initiated from the perspective of community mental health systems and policy makers.

Participants will gain knowledge about:

  • How mission and problem definition differ between a community perspective and research perspective and how this impacts implementation
  • Common sources of confusion and ethical concern in translating the early psychosis evidence base into community practice
  • Developing a statewide system and framework for improvement
  • Opportunities presented by recent national developments
  • Ongoing challenges and opportunities for cross-state collaboration


Stakeholder Perspectives of Early Psychosis Services and Treatments in California

Brandon Staglin, One Mind Institute

Bettie Reinhardt, NAMI California

Kirstin Barlow, County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California

Athena Chapman, California Association of Health Plans