Report examines state options to finance care for first episode


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a report reviewing the four principal funding sources for states to finance coordinated specialty care and other team-based behavioral health services for patients experiencing first episode psychosis, the early period of symptoms, as well as innovative strategies adopted by five states. 
“Early diagnosis and treatment are shown to result in improved outcomes and a much better chance of recovery,” said Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, who leads SAMHSA as HHS assistant secretary for mental health and substance use. “This is critical for someone experiencing first episode psychosis. This report is a game changer for helping states identify funding so they can provide access to treatment for the people in their community.”