The Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery has funded the State’s first ever First Episode Psychosis pilot. Dr. Maria Monroe-DeVita of UW, along with Dr. Mike McDonell of Washington State University, will lead a training implementation and evaluation of the pilot, which is taking place in Yakima, WA through the largest Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health agency. The program is called New Journeys and the link to their website can be found below.
Evidence Based Practices for Adults
The Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) is a structured, time-limited components based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) developed for individuals affected by trauma who have PTSD, anxiety, and/or depression. It has been tested in two large international randomized controlled clinical trials (S. Iraq, Thai-Burma border) with adults who have been exposed to high magnitude traumas including war, torture, rape, and political imprisonment. The results are comparable to other EBPs for trauma-affected individuals.
Schizophrenia is among the top ten disease burdens across all types of medical and psychiatric illnesses worldwide, despite an estimated prevalence of around 1% of the world’s population. Psychopharmacologic interventions have made advancements in the treatment of primary psychotic symptoms, yet symptom relief does not always translate into meaningful functional recovery.
The intention of the Peer Employment Support Group (PESG) approach is to offer a place for discussion and exploration about employment for consumers unsure about seeking employment. It is intended to be a low barrier point of entry to employment services. Participants can work through their ambivalence without pressure and talk about whatever concerns they may have about employment in a supportive atmosphere. PESG can and does help attendees develop their readiness to pursue a vocational goal and say “yes” to employment.
The Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model is an evidence-based practice for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders by combining substance abuse services with mental health services. It helps people address both disorders at the same time—in the same service organization by the same team of treatment providers. IDDT emphasizes that individuals achieve big changes like sobriety, symptom management, and an increase in independent living via a series of small, overlapping, incremental changes that occur over time.
The Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) program was developed in order to help people with schizophrenia or major mood disorders learn how to manage their illnesses more effectively in the context of pursuing their personal goals. Five empirically supported strategies were identified and incorporated into the program, including psychoeducation about mental illness and its treatment, cognitive-behavioral approaches to medication adherence (e.g., incorporating cues for taking medication into daily routines), developing a relapse prevention plan, strengthening social support by social skill
PACT is an effective, evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health service delivery model that utilizes a trans-disciplinary team approach providing intensive outreach-oriented services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders. Utilizing a client-centered approach, team members are responsibilities for addressing the needs of consumers and carry low caseloads to allow for individualized care and frequent contracts (1:10 staffing ratio). Ideally, services are available 24/7 and are directed to consumer needs with most (70%) treatment services
The goals of this multi-site, linked R34 research and development grant are to develop and evaluate the feasibility of a novel psychosocial approach for improving the mental health of people with severe mental illness while obtaining preliminary pilot data needed to plan a subsequent R01 research application to further evaluate this intervention. Specifically, we plan to adapt and pilot an approach for integrating two evidence-based practices for adults with serious mental illness: Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). This project has three specif
The Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program (MHSIP) Consumer Surveys measure concerns that are important to consumers of publicly funded mental health services in the areas of Access, Quality/Appropriateness, Outcomes, Overall Satisfaction and Participation in Treatment Planning.