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August 8, 2018 by Open Excellence

Social Network Study Underway in One of New York’s First Episode Psychosis Programs: OnTrackNY at MHA Westchester

(Westchester, NY) – The New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) at Columbia University, in collaboration with the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Westchester is conducting a study to evaluate the feasibility of offering Social Network Meetings to individuals enrolled in New York State’s first episode psychosis program, OnTrackNY. The study is supported by a grant from the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.

These Social Network Meetings are derived from the Need-Adapted Treatment and Open Dialogue models and view psychotic disorders as heterogeneous, requiring individualistic treatment. These models integrate an individual’s social network throughout the entire treatment process and provide a consistent treatment team throughout the person’s recovery.

This study is open to all English speaking OnTrackNY clients (ages 16-30) and family members of their choosing.

Over the last three months, researchers have enrolled three individuals and their families into the social network arm of this the study. All of these participants have been offered at least one social network meeting and our first set of participants have had regular social network meetings since enrolling in May.

The study team is exploring ways to increase enrollment and will be focusing enrollment efforts on individuals who are newly entering the OnTrackNY program. The study team hopes that by offering social network meetings within the OnTrackNY program that individuals will receive enhanced social support allowing them to make greater strides toward reaching their recovery goals.

Principal Investigator

Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH

Edna L. Edison Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center

Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research & Center for Practice Innovations

New York State Psychiatric Institute

1051 Riverside Drive, Box 100, Room 2702 New York, NY  10032

Follow me on twitter @lisabdixon


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