PEPPNET's Mission

PEPPNET's mission is to support the national network of programs providing services to those at risk for or experiencing early psychosis by promoting communication, collaboration, and best practices so that individuals and families experiencing early psychosis have timely access to specialized, appropriate, and affordable care.



PEPPNET acts as a forum to share information nationally about ongoing early psychosis initiatives and aims to bring together individuals from diverse fields and backgrounds to forge national connections and address issues and topics relevant to early psychosis at a local, state, and national level.


The network believes that addressing evolving needs and barriers to early psychosis implementation will ensure that all individuals experiencing early psychosis have access to specialized, appropriate, accessible, and affordable care through the principles of evidence-based treatment, collaboration, and recovery-orientation.


Through its workgroups and community partner coordination, PEPPNET aims to identify emergent needs and address gaps in order to promote implementation of practical, affordable, evidence-based early psychosis initiatives nationally.

10 Year Vision for PEPPNET


Create vibrant national network that benefits all communities
Families/individuals have hope and know how to access services as soon as symptoms appear
A transformation of the mental health system so there is no wrong door to care. Providers will have answers to patients asking for help
Silos are broken down
Funding will be available to support and sustain services
Expectation of recovery 








NIMH has launched the Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET). 

EPINET is a national learning health care system that links early psychosis clinics through standard clinical measures, uniform data collection methods, data sharing agreements, and integration of client-level data across service users and clinics. Clients and their families, clinicians, healthcare administrators, and scientific experts now have the opportunity to partner within EPINET to improve early psychosis care and conduct large-scale, practice-based research. The EPINET initiative includes eight Regional Hubs, 101 early psychosis clinics across 16 states, and the EPINET National Data Coordinating Center (ENDCC).

Recent Publication on Early Psychosis Care

We are pleased to announce the 2019 publication of Intervening Early in Psychosis: A Team Approach.  Edited by INSPIRE clinicians Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D., Jacob Ballon, M.D., M.P.H., Doug Noordsy, M.D., and Steven Adelsheim, M.D., and with over 50 contributors, this book reviews the history of early psychosis care in the United States and provides examples of evidence-based interdisciplinary interventions and their effectiveness in the care and treatment of individuals in early psychosis.


New publication early screening for mental health difficulties, including early psychosis, in youth ages 10-24.

Youth Mental Health Screening and Linkage to Care. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Jan 25:appips202200008. doi: 10.1176/ Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36695011.

Nicole R. Karcher, Ph.D., Ramona Hicks, Ph.D., Jason Schiffman, Ph.D., Joan R. Asarnow, Ph.D., Monica E. Calkins, Ph.D., Judith L. Dauberman, Ph.D., Chantel D. Garrett, M.P.H., Roshni L. Koli, M.D., Carlos A. Larrauri, A.P.R.N., Rachel L. Loewy, Ph.D., Cecilia A. McGough, J. Michael Murphy, Ed.D., Tara A. Niendam, Ph.D., Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D., Jacqueline Rodriguez, L.C.S.W., Brandon K. Staglin, M.S., Lawrence Wissow, M.D., M.P.H., Kristen A. Woodberry, M.S.W., Ph.D., Jami F. Young, Ph.D., Raquel E. Gur, M.D., Ph.D., Carrie E. Bearden, Ph.D., Deanna M. Barch, Ph.D.