Empowering teens and young adults to pursue their life goals

OnTrackNY is a network of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) teams across New York State that supports the well-being of teens and young adults who are impacted by unexpected changes in their thinking and perceptions. OnTrackNY teams aim to empower participants to make meaning of their experiences and pursue their goals for school, work, and relationships. Equity, inclusion, rapid access, and self-determination are at the core of everything we do.

It’s the very process of living, of reconnecting with the things that give OnTrackNY participants’ lives meaning, that starts them on the road to recovery.

- Ilana Nossel, MD, Medical Director, OnTrackNY Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research

OnTrack Central: A collaborative, learning healthcare system dedicated to continual growth

OnTrackNY teams are guided by a centralized organization known as OnTrack Central. As a learning health system, OnTrack Central is dedicated to ensuring that all OnTrackNY teams offer the best, most up-to-date care that science has to offer by maintaining a feedback loop between participants, families, team members, and administrators. 


The OnTrack Central team includes trainers, youth and family members with lived experience, administrators, and more, enabling our work to be informed by a diverse set of perspectives, so we can continuously improve how we support participants. Providing oversight over clinical training and standards across teams statewide, OnTrack Central aims to ensure participants and their families receive the highest quality of care. 

We wanted to reinvent treatment so that it was something people actually want.

- Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Director at Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) and OnTrackNY
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Our origin

The New York State Office of Mental Health launched OnTrackNY in 2013 as a result of a large-scale research initiative funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE). The RAISE initiative demonstrated that rapid access to specialized, early intervention, in the form of CSC, makes a dramatic difference in young people’s lives and their ability to recover when compared to standard community-based mental health treatment. It also showed the feasibility of offering CSC services in real-word, community settings.

As a result, OnTrackNY was designed to provide specialized intervention services and reduce barriers to rapid engagement in care. Our participants show high rates of participation in treatment, experience a reduction in symptoms, and are more likely to achieve school and career goals. Our goal is to make our services available to every young person in New York who needs them

Join us on our mission

Today, OnTrackNY has become a national model for early psychosis care, as one of the largest initiatives of its kind in the country. We offer consultation and training to state agencies and mental health providers that strive to implement their own Coordinated Speciality Care services nationwide. We also have a number of open career opportunities across OnTrackNY teams statewide.

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*If you believe your life, or the life of someone you know, is in danger, please call or text 988 for immediate support.

OnTrackNY would not be possible without the support of our partners:

New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York State Office of Mental Health
Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
Center for Practice Innovations
Columbia University Department of Psychiatry