Project Community Outreach, Referral & Early Intervention (CORE) aimed to improve long-term outcomes for 16-25 year old Delawareans who were at risk for psychosis or who had experienced a first psychotic episode within a year of beginning the program (DelawareCORE.com). The 5 year project aimed to build a more continuous, seamless system of care for transitional age youth and improve access to community-based treatment alternatives for people with serious mental illness as well as develop a model for sustainability following the conclusion of the grant. The project utilized the Portland Identification and Early Referral Model (PIER) developed by the Main Medical Center (PIER Training Institute, 2013). This model has been implemented with success in several cities across the country (McFarlane et al., 2012) and emphasized community outreach to educate the public about early psychosis and create a referral network for early identification of at-risk youth through outreach, assessment, and treatment. C-TECC worked in conjunction with the State of Delaware’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services (DPBHS), the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH), and direct service providers to collect, manage, and report evaluation data with the ultimate goal of identifying outcomes and effectiveness at the conclusion of the grant.
This C-TECC evaluation project was funded from a sub-contract to C-TECC from a SAMHSA grant awarded to the State of Delaware’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services (DPBHS) and the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH).