NIH: RAISE-ing the Standard of Care for Schizophrenia

NIH: RAISE-ing the Standard of Care for Schizophrenia

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The Rapid Adoption of Coordinated Specialty Care in the United States

September 25, 2023

The Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) research initiative, launched by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to test the effectiveness of coordinated specialty care to treat first-episode psychosis, has transformed the mental health landscape in the United States and helped thousands of people with schizophrenia achieve better outcomes. 

The New York State Office of Mental Health launched OnTrackNY in 2013 as a result of the RAISE initiative, which 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.

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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