November news from the Maryland Early Intervention Program (EIP) team!
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The EIP offers specialized programs with expertise in the early identification, evaluation, and comprehensive psychiatric treatment of adolescents and young adults with, or at risk for, psychotic disorders, and uses an integrated approach to address the health and mental health needs of young adults, including providing support for co-occurring substance use disorders, and metabolic and other co-occurring medical conditions.

For more information, contact us at       phone: 1-877-277-MEIP (6347)          

Clinical Spotlight

Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) representatives spoke to congressional staffers on Capital Hill. The below video highlights RAISE clinical programs and the benefits of coordinated specialty care (CSC), as well as the importance of supporting and financing similar models of care for psychosis. We need to “reinvent treatment” and “erase the notion that a person with schizophrenia can’t do what they want”-Lisa Dixon
The four key components of the NAVIGATE model of care in RAISE includes:


  • Antipsychotic medication therapy
  • Resiliency-based individual psychotherapy to address goals
  • Family psychoeducation and support
  • Supported employment/education (strategies to help the individual rapidly return to their vocational setting and provide support in that environment)

Check out the video!


Structured Interview for Psychosis Risk Syndromes (SIPS) Training Held at UMBC

In keeping with the EIP mission of identifying and helping individuals in the earlier stages of a mental illness with psychosis, the Maryland Early Intervention Program hosted Dr. Barbara Walsh, who led a two-day training on the implementation of the Structured Interview for Psychosis Risk Syndromes (SIPS).  The SIPS is one of the most frequently utilized semi-structured interview tools for the identification of risk for psychosis, and Dr. Walsh (Yale University PRIME Clinic) is the world's leading SIPS trainer.   The training was held on November 12-13, 2015 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Technology Center.  Over 20 EIP friends and colleagues took part in the training, with everyone successfully receiving a certification in SIPS administration at the end of the two-day event.


Empathy Training for Early Intervention Teams
On October 13, 2015, the MEIP Training and Implementation Support Services conducted a half-day workshop for the three Early Intervention Teams. The workshop was developed by Bette Stewart and Kim Reeder, the lead trainers in Family Psycho-Education and Supported Employment and Education for the MEIP, in collaboration with Lauren Grimes, Director of Network and Peer Services for On Our Own of Maryland. The focus of the workshop was understanding the experience of early psychosis from the perspectives of young people and their families. The first part of the day involved discussion with a panel comprised of two young adults who are living with a serious mental illness with psychosis and two family members who are parents to young people who have experienced psychosis. Panelists presented their stories of first experiencing psychosis, developing and achieving their recovery goals, and providing support and guidance for their loved one throughout this process. Panelists also answered questions from team members regarding their experiences with engaging in treatment, working collaboratively with treatment teams, and ways for teams to improve how they communicate with young people and families. During the second half of the workshop, Bette led team members in Hearing Distressing Voices, a simulation developed by Pat Deegen, Ph.D., in which participants listen to “voices” through headphones while completing a series of simple tasks in order to better understand the challenges that face young people who experience psychosis. Following the simulation, teams discussed the impact of the experience and the strength of the young people with whom they are working with. More activities, for learning and discussion, are planned for 2016 that will bring the Early Intervention Teams together.



The  Maryland EIP offers four services to support individuals, families, and professionals who may encounter early psychosis:

  1. Outreach and Education Services – To behavioral health providers, schools, and primary care settings. For more information or to schedule a presentation to your organization, contact Eryn Bentley at
  2. Clinical Services – For 12-30-year-olds who present with clinical high risk symptoms that may be predictive of future psychosis, who have early signs of psychosis, or are in the initial stages of psychoses. Services include the Strive for Wellness Clinic, the MPRC First Episode Clinic (FEC), and the Division of Community Psychiatry’s RAISE Connection Program.
  3. Consultation Services – To providers regarding identification and treatment for individuals that may be experiencing symptoms that may be predictive of future psychosis, who have early signs of psychosis, or are in the initial stages of psychoses.
  4. Training and Implementation Support Services – Will establish Early Intervention Teams (EITs) throughout the state and create a learning collaborative so that EITs and others providing services to those with early psychosis can collaborate, share resources, and provide support and coordination of service delivery.

All EIP initiatives may be contacted through our toll free number or e-mail. A trained specialist is available to guide you toward the appropriate services. For more information on accessing services offered through the EIP, visit

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University of Maryland, Baltimore
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Baltimore, MD 21201
1 (877) 277-MEIP (6347)

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