Yale faculty modified international models to create the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) Clinic. The STEP program implements comprehensive care for early psychosis patients and their caregivers. Psychotic symptoms onset in the late teens or early twenties, and clinicians need to be able to adapt treatment delivery to the developmental needs of this population. The patient is assigned to a team that coordinates medication, counseling, and social skills training, as well as education of family members.

The STEP Clinic has also launched a campaign to hasten access to its program. MindMap, a local marketing campaign,combines professional outreach and detailing with public education via mass and social media to enable shorter and more acceptable pathways to care. The message is simple: treatment is available and effective, and the earlier it is administered the better.

The Mindmap campaign is hosted by the STEP Clinic: step.yale.edu.

STEP is based at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), a public-academic collaboration between the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS): ct.gov/dmhas/site/default.asp, and the Yale Department of Psychiatry: medicine.yale.edu/psychiatry/index.aspx.

Call MindMap: (203) 589-0388


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