Oregon's Approach to Early Intervention and Prevention of Psychosis

Oregon is one of six sites participating in the EDIPPP study; the Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network is helping to demonstrate the effectiveness of a model for preventing psychotic illness.

Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network (MVBCN), a five-county intergovernmental organization in Oregon, joined the national Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP) study in 2007 because of its consistency with international best practices, its existing infrastructure for serving those with severe mental illness, and the opportunity to hasten intervention for psychosis. Since 2001, the Salem-based MVBCN had used evidence-based early intervention for psychotic illness as a standard practice through the Early Assessment and Support Team (EAST).

The model, which was applied in five counties, was so successful after just six years that, in 2007, Oregon funded a statewide dissemination to bring the most current, evidence-based treatment to teens and young adults in the early stages of illness.

Becoming a Sustainable Model

What we offer is a model of how to go to scale within the current public system and with the EDIPPP study we’ll have more evidence to show impact,” says EASA Statewide Program Development Director Tamara Sale.