Over the next three months, the program for
sychosis (STEP) will host Zoom based consultation for clinicians of all disciplines who wish to present or participate in case discussions of individuals with new onset psychotic disorders/first episode psychosis (FEP). STEP has >10 years of experience caring for youth and young adults with new onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders within a multi-disciplinary team. Faculty include representatives from psychiatry, psychology, nursing and social work to provide a safe, informal environment for frontline clinicians to discuss challenges in caring for individuals and families who are confronting a recent onset psychotic illness. Specific workflow adjustments in the context of COVID-related restrictions on in-person visits and the use of tele-health approaches will also be encouraged.
The STEP Learning Healthcare Network aims to increase the capacity, expertise, and coordination of Connecticut based providers in the delivery of care to young people experiencing early psychosis. We plan to provide these virtual case based consultations over the next three months, as we gather interest and learn the needs of providers in Connecticut already serving or interested in working with those with FEP.