In federal fiscal year 2014, Congress directed SAMHSA to require state behavioral health authorities to set aside five percent of their Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) “to support evidence-based programs that address the needs of individuals with serious mental illness, including psychotic disorders. This original directive suggested that states focus their efforts on the treatment of first episode psychosis (FEP), and encouraged states to consider developing coordinated specialty care (CSC) programs with their additional MHBG funds. In December 2015, Congress directed SAMHSA to double the Set Aside funds from five percent to 10 percent.
Since 2014, NRI has worked closely with SAMHSA and the state behavioral health authorities to implement and improve the delivery of CSC services for individuals experiencing FEP. Together with NASMHPD, NRI has created and supported the development of a variety of technical assistance and informational resources for stakeholders, including SBHAs, providers, educators, and families. NRI was also instrumental as a subcontractor to Westat in the implementation of the Mental Health Block Grant Ten Percent Set Aside National Evaluation, sponsored by SAMHSA, NIMH, and ASPE.
On this page, you will find a comprehensive list of technical assistance and informational resources developed by NRI and its partners related to FEP and the implementation of CSC programs.
Results from the MHBG Ten Percent Set Aside National Evaluation
As of September 6, 2019, the national Mental Health Block Grant Ten Percent Set Aside (MHBG 10%) Study for addressing first episode psychosis (FEP) is complete. The three-year study focused on how the MHBG 10% Set Aside impacted access to essential services for individuals with FEP. As part of the end-of-study conclusion, in August 2019, study sites and behavioral health authorities were invited to participate in an interactive webinar to hear about preliminary study findings. The handouts distributed during the webinar are provided below.
- Measuring the Impact of Early Intervention Programs for First Episode Psychosis: Experiences and Lessons Learned
- Community Outreach and Prevention as an Element of Early Intervention in Psychosis
- Funding Strategies for Early Psychosis Intervention Models
- Prep for Success: Lessons Learned in Implementing Models for Early Intervention in Psychosis
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Recovery with Persons in Early Stages of Serious Mental Illness
- Preventing Neuroprogression in Bipolar Disorder by Early Intervention
- New Informational Resources on Addressing First Episode Psychosis: Product Overview
- Strategies for Funding Coordinated Specialty Care Initiatives
- Using the 5% MHBG Set-Aside to Support Programming for First Episode Psychosis: Activities and Lessons Learned from the State of Ohio
- Promoting Meaningful Family Involvement in Coordinated Specialty Care Programming for Persons with First Episode of Psychosis
- Practical Approaches to Measuring Fidelity in Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis
- Supported Education as a Component of Coordinated Specialty Care for Persons with First Episode Psychosis
- Opportunities for Utilizing Peer Support and other Meaningful Peer Roles in Coordinated Specialty Care
- An Overview of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for Persons with First Episode Psychosis
- Inventory and Environmental Scan of Evidence - Based Practices for Treating Persons in Early Stages of Serious Mental Disorders