The Program Being Evaluated
The Foundation's initiative, National Demonstration of Early Detection, Intervention and Prevention of Psychosis in Adolescents and Young Adults (EDIPPP), was designed to replicate the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program that uses evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacologic interventions in the early identification and treatment of adolescents and young adults with severe mental illness. Recognizing that the community can play an important role in prevention, EDIPPP reaches out to adults who have regular interaction with young people (teachers, social workers, doctors, nurses, police officers, parents) and educates them on early signs of psychotic illness so that they can identify those at risk. EDIPPP works primarily with young people ages 12 to 25 who show early symptoms but do not yet have the disease and provides them with treatment plans based on their level of need. By leveraging early referral programs, EDIPPP holds the promise of redefining mental health services and redirecting the course of treatment to prevent psychotic illness in young people.
About the Evaluation
Led by Brenda Joly, Ph.D., University of Southern Maine, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, this project will evaluate the education and community outreach efforts of this initiative over four years. It will assess three major areas: (1) implementation of the PEI education and community outreach strategies, (2) contextual factors that may influence the implementation and impact of this initiative, and (3) specific outcomes related to the PEI education and outreach efforts.
Summary of Methods
Process and outcome measures will be used to obtain qualitative and quantitative data. Data were collected from focus groups, interviews and survey.
Knowledge and Impact
Year One Findings