FEP State Advocacy Guide

First Episode Psychosis Programs: A Guide to State Expansion

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NAMI believes that the roughly 100,000 youth and young adults who first experience psychosis each year deserve to realize the promise of hope and recovery. That is why we developed this guide to expand First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs across the U.S.

Mental illness strikes in youth—75% of serious conditions begin by age 24. Psychosis can be a symptom of serious mental illness. Fortunately, research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shows that early intervention with FEP programs changes the course of young lives.

While FEP programs are growing, grassroots advocacy is needed to speed the spread of programs in every state. NAMI created this guide to help NAMI State Organizations lead the charge. No group has more invested in the future of mental health care, and this toolkit is designed to equip you to ensure that every young person experiencing psychosis in your state receives quality FEP care.