The STEP Program
The Program for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) is the host of the MindMap public education campaign. STEP includes an early psychosis clinic and is also engaged in research, training, and mental health policy. Operating out of the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, Connecticut, the STEP clinic provides free, customized treatment to people ages 16 to 35 in the Greater New Haven area who have been experiencing psychosis for less than three years.
The STEP Program developed within a collaboration between the Yale University Department of Psychiatry and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). STEP has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.
The MindMap campaign aims to shorten delays to care for individuals early in the course of a psychotic illness. The campaign was co-created by the STEP Program and Red Rock Branding, a New Haven-based marketing agency. MindMap utilizes a variety of digital and traditional media channels to increase awareness and direct affected youth and families to STEP. MindMap also hosts workshops and engages with the Greater New Haven public at health fairs and other community events.
The MindMap campaign is funded by an NIH grant that aims to shorten the time between onset of psychosis and entry into effective treatment (the duration of untreated psychosis, or DUP). For those who are not already in care, MindMap facilitates access to a free two-year model of comprehensive treatment at the STEP clinic.
With MindMap as a driver for improved access added to its decade-old clinical service, the STEP Program is modeling a population health-based system of care for all individuals and families confronting recent onset psychosis in a 10-town region (population ~ 400,000). We hope to replicate this elsewhere.
Learn more about the STEP and MindMap team here.
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