Two New Documents for both Policy and Practice Staff on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis

NASMHPD is happy to announce the availability of two newly developed documents that address the importance of the routine availability of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) in the United States. CBTp has been shown through an extensive, rigorous research literature to be an effective psychotherapeutic intervention that advances health and recovery outcomes for individuals diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. Despite the strength of the evidence and the fact that the U.S. Schizophrenia Treatment Guidelines recommend that CBTp is offered as a standard component of care, the data on its general availability indicates that the treatment is generally not accessible to the millions of Americans experiencing psychosis. NASMHPD and SAMHSA have partnered with the document’s lead authors to develop these two publications. The first is a new guide published in May 2021 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on the need for the routine administration of CBTp in the U.S. The SAMHSA document represents the first federally-issued recommendation that CBTp should be considered as standard of care for individuals with a psychotic disorder wherever they present for treatment.  The second, more extensive document - The Position Statement on the Routine Administration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis as the Standard of Care for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Psychosis –  is intended to supplement the SAMHSA guide. This position statement details a rationale for sustainable CBTp implementation and delivers key recommendations to support broad intra- and inter-organizational adoption for individuals who have or are at risk of developing a psychotic disorder.  We encourage mental health policy and program staff to review these documents and to undertake the recommended policy and practice initiatives to increase the availability of CBTp to individuals with psychosis who will profit from its increased accessibility.