NAVIGATE First-Episode Psychosis
NAVIGATE is a comprehensive program designed to provide early and effective treatment to individuals who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. The Project ECHO Nevada First-Episode Psychosis program will offer clinics in four areas:
Diagnosis and Assessment
The purpose of this clinic will be to provide expert consultation around the DSM-5 diagnosis of mental illness in young adults. Topics of discussion will include both common and uncommon presentations of mental illness in this population, differential diagnosis, comorbidity and co-occuring disorders, and useful assessment techniques and tools. The "Hub" expert team will represent the disciplines of psychiatry (including adult, child and adolescent psychiatry), psychology and neuropsychology.
The purpose of this clinic will be to provide expert consultation around medication treatment of psychosis and other co-occurring psychiatric disorders including substance abuse. Topics of discussion will include: evidence-based algorithms for choosing appropriate psychiatric medications for specific symptoms and disorders; management of side effects particularly metabolic syndrome; measurement of efficacy, and strategies to improve patient adherence. The "Hub" expert team will represent the disciplines of adult, child and adolescent psychiatry and primary care/endocrinology.
The purpose of this clinic will be to provide consultation and supervision from expert psychotherapists to enhance the individual psychotherapy work of FEP mental health providers with their individual clients. The "Hub" expert team will include a child and adolescent psychiatrist, psychologist and LCSW with expertise in these modalities of psychotherapy.
Health, Wellness and Co-Occurring Medical Disorders
The purpose of this clinic will be to provide expert consultation around the integration of physical wellness with psychiatric treatment. Studies indicate that the chronically mentally ill develop more medical problems and receive less medical treatment for physical problems than those without chronic psychiatric illness. The FEP program is a unique opportunity to work with young people who have early-stage mental illness in order to provide health prevention and education to these individuals before they develop co-occurring, chronic medical problems. The "Hub" expert team will represent the disciplines of adult, child and adolescent psychiatry, primary care and health psychology.
This program is funded by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health through federal Mental Health Block grant funding.
To request copies of didactics and reference materials, please contact us at ProjectECHO@med.unr.edu
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation