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Third National Conference on Advancing Early Psychosis Care in the United States: Addressing Inequities - Race, Culture, and COVID

The American Psychiatric Association and SMI Adviser are proud to present The Third National Conference on Advancing Early Psychosis Care in the United States: Addressing Inequities - Race, Culture, and COVID. This FREE virtual conference takes place November 12-13, 2020. 

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Your FREE registration offers access to: 

• 20 sessions in four concurrent tracks designed for the entire interprofessional mental health care team.

• Sessions that are certified for CME, psychology CE, and social work CE. Earn up to 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 1.0 CE credits for psychology per eligible session, and 1.0 CE credits for social work per eligible session.

• Featured faculty that include Maxie L. Gordon, MD; Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, PhD, D.Clin.Psy; Jessica Monahan Pollard, PhD; Dost Öngür, MD, PhD; and many more.

This virtual event is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, with expert consultation from the Psychosis-Risk and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). 

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 








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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.