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Coordinated Specialty Care

Each year, about 3,000 Texas adolescents and young adults ages 14-35 experience a first episode of psychosis (FEP).Many have access to health insurance through their parents (up to age 26), Medicaid or CHIP, but they do not typically receive care and treatment until five years after first onset of psychosis.

Studies show that the longer treatment is delayed, the worse the outcome, both for the individual and for society.While most people who experience psychosis are not violent, they are much more likely to be violent or become entangled in our criminal justice system when their conditions go untreated.

In February 2020, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute issued a revised report which explores the basics of coordinated specialty care (CSC) – a team-based approach to provide assertive and intensive treatment as early after the initial psychosis as possible. It covers demographics, detection, screening and treatment in practice and provides and overview of the cost and impact of untreated psychosis in Texas.

View or download the full white paper Coordinated Specialty Care for Texans.