Advancing Early Intervention After First Episode Psychosis in South Florida
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- Since 2010, Henderson has participated as a behavioral health care study site in the National Institute of Mental Health’s “Recovery after Initial Schizophrenic Episode (RAISE)” research project, designed to evaluate the potential benefits of a comprehensive pharmacological and psychosocial treatment package for individuals with first episode psychosis.4
- Early Intervention: Henderson also is developing its own evidence-based early intervention program focused on promoting recovery after a first episode of psychosis – the first program of its kind in the state of Florida. The program will feature psychoeducation support, outreach and engagement, relapse prevention planning and vocational support, among other elements. The hope is that early intervention programs have the potential to reduce the likelihood of long-term disability for those with serious mental illness as well as the financial impact on public systems that often must support these individuals.4
- A “Housing First” model that provides housing support to individuals as a first priority, followed by services and treatment support to encourage stability, as needed.
- Participating in behavioral health care research that aims to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
- Serving on Broward County’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Task Force to address broad concerns about the mentally ill in the criminal justice system, particularly those in local correctional facilities.
- When surveyed for Henderson’s 2011-2012 annual report, 98% of Henderson’s clients (n=1,491) reported they were satisfied or very satisfied with the services they received; 97% reported that they were able to better manage their life as a result of the services they received at Henderson.5
- Henderson helps more than 700 adults annually live an independent lifestyle through its supportive housing program.
- Henderson worked with several judges to establish the first Misdemeanor Mental Health Court in Florida and supports the court with a licensed clinician and designated residential treatment beds.
- Wang, P., et al. (2005). Failure and Delay in Initial Treatment Contact After First Onset of Mental Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62 (6), pp. 603-613.
- Drake, R., et al. (2000). Causes and Consequences of Duration of Untreated Psychosis in Schizophrenia. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 177, pp. 511-515.
- Downey, L., et al. (2012). Undiagnosed Mental Illness in the Emergency Department. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 43 (5) , pp. 876–882.
- (2013). Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (Raise): A Research Project of the NIMH. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved October 4, 2013 from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/raise/index.shtml.
- (2013). Outcomes & Accomplishments. Henderson Behavioral Health. Retrieved October 15, 2013 from http://www.hendersonbh.org/outcome.php.