Currently PEPPNET facilitates four workgroups that convene monthly and partners with The National Institute for Mental Health's (NIMH) Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET) around common data elements and outcomes.
Training and Technical Assistance Workgroup
Co-chaired by Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D and Cathy Adams, MSW, the Training and Technical Assistance Workgroup aims to:
- Share information about technical assistance, training activities, and related resources
- Improve quality and sustainability of technical assistance, and training efforts (including ongoing consultation), by comparing content and methodology
- Build national infrastructure to support effective implementation
- Provide recommendations on minimum training and consultation requirements to support effective implementation
- Develop train the trainer opportunities to ensure sustainability of training efforts
- Problem solve around specific issues facing the communities we serve
- Discuss adaptations to training and TA efforts dependent on specific needs of diverse communities served
- Coordinate with other PEPPNET groups to ensure issues related to early psychosis service development are addressed at multiple levels
Co-chaired by Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH and Vinod Srihari, MD, the Treatment Workgroup facilitates a process of ongoing consideration and dialogue on evidence-based treatment components for individuals at clinical high risk for and experiencing first episode psychosis. The Treatment Workgroup hosts and facilitates a monthly forum in which specific topics are discussed and produces summaries of those forums for public consumption.
Outcomes & Data Collection Workgroup
Chaired by Bob Heinssen, PhD, ABPP, this work is being accomplished via the EPINET (Early Psychosis Intervention Network) initiative coordinated through the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). EPINET aims to create a practice based research model with common data elements, continuous learning, and feedback loops for ongoing improvement. EPINET will establish a network among high risk and early psychosis clinics. Intervention standards and unified informatics approaches will be shared across clinics.
Expected outcomes are to:
- Establish common data elements for FEP and clinical high risk patients
- Create a unified informatics approach for connecting early psychosis programs
- Foster partnerships among clinicians, academics, & patients
- Analyze clinical characteristics, measures and outcomes
Lived Experience/Peer Support Workgroup
Chaired by Judith Dauberman, this working group is dedicated to supporting the involvement of people with lived experience of psychosis and their families into clinical programs and early intervention efforts. Its goals are to:
1. Raise awareness of and incorporate best practices in working with families and people with lived experience across PEPPNET.
2. Help engage and educate consumers/families on clinical aspects of care.
3. Help engage, recruit and promote these programs more broadly.
4. Provide input on all PEPPNET resources developed.
5. Recommend resources, good links, organizations and people PEPPNET should be working with to inform its efforts.
Funding & Policy Workgroup
A developing working group focused on identifying recommendations and strategies for working with insurers, government agencies and other funding entities to advocate for critical investments in first episode programs.