Discharge and Step-Down in Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for Persons with a First Episode of Psychosis – Part I

Aug 1st, 2019
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As Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) services for persons with First Episode Psychosis have expanded and matured, awareness of the challenges surrounding discharge planning and interest in step-down programming have grown substantially.  The webinar will address these issues by first providing an overview of the current findings regarding longer term outcomes for persons being discharged from FEP  programs, (Nev Jones); second a presentation of an important recent randomized trial evaluating alternative discharge strategies (2 year versus extended CSC services) (Ashok Malla); and finally discussion from two CSC programs regarding their experiences with a two year limit on FEP enrollment and the strategies that they have used to address concerns.  (Irene Hurford in Pennsylvania and Jill Dunstan in New York.


Nev Jones PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of South Florida, as well as an affiliate assistant professor in the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.

Ashok Malla MD is a professor and Tier 1 research chair in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University with a cross appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Jill Dunstan LMHC is the program director for BestSelf Behavioral Health which is the OnTrackNY CSC program in Buffalo, NY.

Irene Hurford MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, clinical director of the Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) Program at Horizon House in Philadelphia, and Director of the Pennsylvania Early Intervention Center (PEIC).

Aug 1st, 2019