The Benefits and Opportunities for Clinics Outside of The Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET) to Become Partners

This live presentation will take place on March 25, 2021


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Webinar Description

This SMI Adviser/APA activity was developed with assistance from the Psychosis-Risk and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET). Attendees will redeem the Access Code distributed at the event to enroll in this activity, complete the evaluation, and claim and print a certificate by April 16th.

The webinar will introduce EPINET, discuss how the EPINET learning health care model was developed, and show how it can improve care and the lives of individuals with early psychosis. The audience will learn about the Core Assessment Battery (CAB), which provides a standard set of client-level assessment measures that will be collected by over 100 early psychosis clinics nationally. Presenters will discuss the benefits of collecting CAB data, such as the enhanced ability to set up quality improvement initiatives and methods to benchmark local clinic outcome data with national norms on domains such as demographics of client populations, symptoms, recovery, and more. Finally, presenters will describe opportunities for non-EPINET clinics to partner with EPINET in CAB data collection efforts.  

Credits CME:1.0, Psychology CE:1.0, Participation:1.0


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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Learning Objectives

1.      Describe the development and value of the EPINET Core Assessment Battery (CAB) for quality improvement and research for individuals with early psychosis.

2.      Demonstrate the use of the CAB among EPINET Hubs, clinics, and the National Data Coordinating Center can accelerate knowledge about early psychosis treatment and care.

3.      Describe how non-EPINET clinics can contribute CAB data to the EPINET database and benefit from being part of EPINET using the web-based CAB data collection tool.

Target Audience

Counselors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Peer Specialists/Peer Support

Instructional Level

Introductory, Intermediate

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.25 hour
Program Start Date: March 25, 2021
Program End Date: March 25, 2021

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in Q&A.

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for psychologists, or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. Participants claiming CE credit for psychologists must have full attendance to claim credit. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), or certificate of participation (other professions) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The American Psychiatric Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


Monica Calkins, Ph.D.

Dr. Calkins is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD from the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Program at the University of Minnesota. She is currently Co-Director of the Pennsylvania Early Intervention Center/HeadsUp, a SAMHSA and PA-OMHSAS funded collaborative organization that oversees education, training, resource development, and evaluation of 14 coordinated specialty care clinics in Pennsylvania. She is the Associate Director of Penn's coordinated specialty care clinic, the Psychosis Evaluation and Recovery Center. Her research focuses on clinical assessment of early psychosis, and clinical and biobehavioral risk factors for psychosis disorders. Dr. Calkins collaborates with investigators at the University of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh, and Johns Hopkins, in one of the newest NIMH funded EPINET hubs, the Connection Learning Health System. This hub joins Pennsylvania and Maryland coordinated specialty care clinics in the use of data to improve early psychosis services and promote a culture of collaborative learning and continuous quality improvement across 20 programs delivering coordinated specialty care for youth experiencing early psychosis and their families. Dr. Calkins reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.

Howard H. Goldman is Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He is a mental health policy researcher who has been evaluating demonstration programs for almost 40 years. Recently he has focused on demonstrations on early intervention in mental disorders to prevent disability. Dr. Goldman is the Editor Emeritus of Psychiatric Services, the journal he edited from, 2004 – 2016. He also was the Senior Scientific Editor of the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health from 1997-1999 for which he was awarded the Surgeon General’s Medallion. In 2002 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Goldman reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Tara Niendam, Ph.D.

Dr. Niendam is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. As the Executive Director of the UC Davis Early Psychosis Programs (EDAPT and SacEDAPT Clinics), Dr. Niendam supervises clinic and training activities, and coordinates outreach and educational presentations within Sacramento and across California. She has developed 4 early psychosis programs in Northern California based on the coordinated specialty care model of early psychosis. Overall, her research focuses on improving clinical and functional outcomes for youth with serious mental illness across four key themes: 1) Elucidating factors that contribute to real world functioning and clinical outcome across psychiatric disorders, 2) Evaluating the impact of interventions on outcomes in psychosis, 3) Developing technology-enhanced methods to improve identification and enhance treatment, and 4) Dissemination of best practices for early psychosis care.  Through her research and clinical experience, Dr. Niendam has developed expertise in the assessment of suicide risk and implementation of evidence-based practices to address such risk in early psychosis populations. Dr. Niendam reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Abram Rosenblatt, Ph.D.
Abram Rosenblatt, Ph.D., is Vice President at Westat, where he is sector lead for Child Welfare, Justice and Behavioral Health within the Behavioral Health and Health Policy Practice. Dr. Rosenblatt is currently the Principal Investigator of the NIMH funded Early Psychosis Intervention Network Data Coordinating Center. Previously, Dr. Rosenblatt was a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author or coauthor of numerous peer-reviewed publications focusing predominately on the costs and outcomes of multi-faceted systemic and programmatic interventions for children, youth and young adults with behavioral health needs. Dr. Rosenblatt reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.


· Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

· Amy N. Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

· Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

· Judith Dauberman, PhD, Stanford University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.


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Hardware/Software Requirements

Supported operating systems

·         macOS X with macOS 10.7 or later

·         Windows 10

·         Windows 8 or 8.1

·         Windows 7

·         Windows Vista with SP1 or later

·         Windows XP with SP3 or later

·         Ubuntu 12.04 or higher

·         Mint 17.1 or higher

·         Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 or higher

·         Oracle Linux 6.4 or higher

·         CentOS 6.4 or higher

·         Fedora 21 or higher

·         OpenSUSE 13.2 or higher

·         ArchLinux (64-bit only)

Supported tablet and mobile devices

·         Surface PRO 2 running Win 8.1

·         Surface PRO 3 running Win 10

·         iOS and Android devices

·         Blackberry devices

Supported browsers

·         Windows: IE 11+,  Edge 12+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+

·         Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+

·         Linux: Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+