NASMHPD's webinar on Components of Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis: Guidance Related to the 5% Set-Aside in the Mental Health Block Grant

In its FY 2014 appropriation, SAMHSA was directed to require that states set aside 5 percent of their Mental Health Block Grant allocation to support “evidence-based programs that address the needs of individuals with early serious mental illness, including psychotic disorders.” 
SAMHSA provided the State Commissioners/Directors with information developed by NIMH about Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for First Episode Psychosis.  This webinar was held to help states gain a clearer understanding of the components of CSC and how states might incorporate this recovery-oriented approach into their work. 
The webinar includes:

  • Opening comments from SAMHSA; 
  • A presentation on CSC by Robert K. Heinssen, Ph.D., ABPP; Director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at NIMH; and
  • Examples from the states of New York and Maryland related to work done in those states to implement the CSC model.


  • Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, Center for Mental Health Services

  • Robert K. Heinssen, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research

  • Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Center for Practice Innovation at the New York State Psychiatric Institute

  • Brian Hepburn, M.D., Executive Director, Mental Hygiene Administration, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Spring Grove Hospital Center

Date of webinar: May 2 and 12, 2014

To access the recording for May 2, please visit:

To access the recording for May 12, please visit:

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For questions or additional information about the webinar, please contact Pat Shea, Deputy Director, Office of Technical Assistance, NASMHPD.