Early intervention for psychotic disorders in a community mental health center

Vinod H. Srihari, Nicholas J.K. Breitborde, Jessica Pollard, Cenk Tek, Leslie Hyman, Linda K. Frisman, Thomas H. McGlashan, Selby Jacobs, Scott W. Woods, Lisa B. Dixon, Brian Hepburn

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Early intervention may improve long-term outcomes for psychotic illnesses. Early-intervention services in other countries have focused on reducing the duration of untreated illness and adapting interventions for younger patients. This column describes the process of building such a service, called specialized treatment early in psychosis (STEP), at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. This effort is rooted in a longstanding collaborative relationship between the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Yale. The authors describe the critical contribution of such partnerships in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of early intervention in a "real-world" U.S. setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1426-1428
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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