Prevention of psychosis through early detection and intervention using the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) program

The Foundation's program, National Demonstration of Early Detection, Intervention and Prevention of Psychosis in Adolescents and Young Adults (NDED), was designed to replicate the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program -- an intervention that uses evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacologic interventions in the early identification and treatment of adolescents and young adults with severe mental illness.Maine Medical Center will serve as a site in the NDED which simultaneously replicates the PIER model in three additional communities that reflect the geographic and ethnic diversity of the United States in order to provide real world evaluation of its clinical effectiveness, functional outcomes and effectiveness in diverse populations. The team at Maine Medical Center will expand and modify the existing PIER program under the direction of a national program office for the purpose of conducting the project and evaluation and its effects on outcome and incidence. PIER will gather evidence to support widespread dissemination of the PIER model, generating information that will inform related public policy and payment mechanisms.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $2,000,000.00

Awarded on: 10/24/2006

Time frame: 12/1/2006 - 8/31/2011

Grant Number: 59639


Maine Medical Center

22 Bramhall Street
Portland, 04102-3175


William R. McFarlane
Project Director