Presenters: Tamara Sale, MA, Director of the EASA Center for Excellence at Portland State University; Sue Abderholden, MPH, Executive Director at NAMI Minnesota, Darcy Gruttadaro, JD, Director, NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center
Progress continues in bringing a coordinated array of effective services and supports to communities for youth and young adults experiencing early and first episode psychosis. Research advances continue to show tremendous promise in lessening the long-term severity of psychosis and in preventing it. The coordinated array of services and supports in early and first episode psychosis programs are recovery focused and include partnering with youth, young adults and families as part of the care team. This work takes into account those aspects of life that matter most to young adults including: education, employment, relationships and living a full life. States are now required to dedicate 5% of the Mental Health Block Grant to early and first episode psychosis programs. A national network of researchers, programs and stakeholders has formed to help ensure the broader dissemination of these effective programs. On this webinar, participants will hear from leaders in the field about expanding early and first episode psychosis programs statewide, how NAMI and other stakeholder organizations can become more involved in expanding these programs and how to stay connected with this important work.