Fact Sheet: Building upon Existing Programs and Services to Meet the Needs of Persons with First Episode Psychosis

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Many individuals experiencing a first episode of a psychotic illness (FEP) often wait months to years before seeking a diagnosis and initiating treatment. There is mounting evidence that the coordinated specialty care programs for early identification and treatment of psychosis can promote a faster, more complete recovery and improve the long-term course of psychotic illness. This fact sheet offers strategies to increase access to recovery-oriented, evidence-based, integrated care services for individuals experiencing early psychosis, as well as practical suggestions for starting FEP programs or building on existing programs.


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