Measuring the Impact of Early Intervention Programs for First Episode Psychosis: Experiences and Lessons Learned from Oregon and Maryland

As a part of its on-going effort to support States in the implementation of the 5% set-aside in the Mental Health Block Grant, SAMHSA has asked NASMHPD and NRI to host quarterly webinars that focus on measuring the impact of early intervention initiatives. This quarter’s webinar is designed to highlight examples from two states that have been operating First Episode Psychosis programs for several years. The session is intended to generate discussion and thinking regarding different strategies for data collection and impact measurement when implementing such programs. Representatives from the Oregon Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) initiative and the Maryland RAISE Connection program each provide contextual background on the history of their respective programs, as well as their efforts to capture information on the impact of their distinct early intervention projects. In sharing their experiences, the presenters discuss what data were collected (and how and why), which approaches/measures have been most (or least) helpful, and changes that have occurred over time as the initiatives have progressed


  • Msonique S. Browning; Public Health Advisor; SAMHSA/CMHS [Federal Welcome]
  • Tamara G. Sale, MA; Director, EASA Center for Excellence; Portland State University Regional Research Institute
  • Ann L Hackman M.D.; Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Medical Director of University of Maryland RAISE Connection Program

Date of webinar: December 16, 2014

To access the recording, please click here.

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