PROJECT NAME: NJ PROMISE
Through a collaborative partnership, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Division of Children's System of Care and the New Jersey Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services has developed the NJ PROMISE (Prevention, Resilience, Optimism, Mastery, Insight, Support and Education) program to provide outreach and intervention for youth and young adults up to age 25, who may be experiencing prodromal symptoms of psychosis. Youth and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis will benefit from early outreach and intervention, to fundamentally change the trajectory and prognosis of psychosis and to mitigate the impact to overall functioning and well-being. Through extensive outreach, New Jersey will be able to connect with youth and young adults who are at clinical high risk for psychosis and provide them with education and possible interventions to delay, if not prevent, the onset of psychosis.
The NJ CSOC/DMHAS partnership is well positioned to add services for youth and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis to the already robust care continuum through available throughout the state, as the program will utilize established behavioral health agencies who are currently providing treatment services for persons experiencing first episode psychosis. Based on national and statewide data, NJ anticipates providing intervention to approximately 150 youth and young adults across three regions annually, and more than 600 over the four-year grant period. Through extensive outreach, coordinated care, the use of evidence-based, evidence-informed, best and promising practices as well as the expertise of a team of professionals, participants and their families will have the tools necessary to lead productive lives in their homes and communities.
The project's measureable goals are to:
-Reduce the percentage of youth/young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis who become hospitalized.
-Reduce the prevalence of psychiatric symptoms that youth/young adult at clinical high risk for psychosis experience.
-Increase the percentage of youth/young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis who adopt their collaboratively developed treatment plan, including all recommended medications.
-Increase the overall functioning of youth/young adult at clinical high risk for psychosis, as evidenced by increased participation at school, employment, and in their communities.
By achieving the goals of the program and meeting the outcomes desired, NJ CSOC and DMHAS believe that the NJ PROMISE program will lead to significant positive outcomes including the improvement in social, educational, emotional, and vocational activities for youth and young adults which will not only improve the lives of the youth, but of their families as well.