TA Coalition Webinar: Beating the Clock: Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis

A SAMHSA sponsored webinar, developed under contract by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will take place Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time called “Beating the Clock: Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis”.


Description:  The “duration of untreated psychosis” is the time between the onset of psychosis and accessing appropriate treatment. The shorter the period of untreated psychosis, the better the outcomes for people. Unfortunately, people with early psychosis typically experience significant delays in accessing treatment and services - an average of 74 weeks in the U.S. With stakeholder collaboration, communities, families and caregivers can help identify young adults with psychosis quicker – and get them into effective programs that support recovery and keep lives on track.

This webinar will discuss strategies for engaging people in evidence-based first episode psychosis programs, building awareness through targeted outreach, collaborating with systems partners, encouraging help-seeking, and how all of this can impact the trajectory their wellness.


•Marla Zometsky has been with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) for over 10 years and is currently the Project Manager for the Turning Point program, a Coordinated Specialty Care program for individuals between 16-25 years of age who have experienced the onset of psychosis. Ms. Zometsky previously served as a senior clinician with the CSB’s Intensive Case Management team, supporting homeless adults with serious mental illness. In addition, she has experience working in a residential substance abuse program for adolescent males, providing services through a school-based mental health program and facilitating cultural-adjustment workshops for immigrants and refugees. She is a CSB facilitator for Mental Health First Aid. 


•Tom Schuplin had worked at PRS, Inc. a non-profit mental health agency headquartered in Oakton, Virginia for 35 years. He was the Director of Day Programs and guided the programs’ conversion from standard psychosocial programs to Recovery Academies. He then became the Director of Special Projects and designed, developed and currently assists in the operation of Coordinated Specialty Care Programs for individuals with first episode psychosis in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia. He also designed, developed and currently assists in the operation of a Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration Program (PCBHI) in Fairfax Virginia. Additionally he oversees a substance abuse peer program in Loudoun County. Currently, Mr. Schuplin works as an independent consultant and resides in Richmond, Virginia.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact kelle.masten@nasmhpd.org via email or at 703-682-5187.


Thank you!


**We do not offer CEU credits however letters of attendance are offered upon request.  

***Closed-captioning is available for this webinar.