New York just expanded its treatment program for youth with psychosis. OnTrackNY is an offshoot of one of the two NIMH-funded Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) studies, which focuses on coordinated specialty care. This treatment model integrates medication, psychosocial therapies, case management, family involvement, and supported education and employment services, all aimed at reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.
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Last week, Governor Cuomo announced New York is expanding its $6.75 million dollar OnTrackNY program for treating youth with first episode psychosis. OnTrackNY is an offshoot of one of the two NIMH-funded Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) studies.
"Early intervention can save lives, and with this funding we're going to be able to reach more young adults with mental illness and put them on the path toward comprehensive treatment," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank our state and federal partners for working with us to secure this funding and ensuring that more New Yorkers get the services they need."
The first OnTrackNY sites sprang from the efforts of one part of the RAISE project, which focused on implementing coordinated specialty care (CSC) treatment programs in real-world clinics. CSC uses shared decision-making and 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.
The ongoing success of OnTrackNY has motivated New York State to expand the program to a total of 12 sites.
Read the article in the New York Daily News, “State Officials Expanding Program that Helps Youth Struggling with Mental Illness .”
New York State’s Press Release .
Learn more about OnTrackNY .
To learn more about the RAISE project, visit the RAISE web pages.
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