Despite an evidence base that spans more than 20 years, CBTp is not widely available in community mental health settings in the United States. Nationally, it’s estimated that only 0.1% of all licensed clinicians in the United States are trained in CBTp. There are nearly 60,000 Washingtonians who are diagnosed with schizophrenia. Prior to 2015, CBT for psychosis was unavailable among the state’s 375 community mental health agencies and, if resources did exist, few people knew where to access it. Recognizing this unmet need within the State, in 2014 Dr. Monroe-DeVita secured funding from the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) and an anonymous donor to begin to train the Washington State mental health workforce in CBTp. In 2015, Dr. Kopelovich joined the UW implementation team and successfully renewed the public-private funding that has permitted for a rapid expansion of CBTp dissemination and implementation.
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