Early-phase Schizophrenia: Practice-based Research to Improve Treatment Outcomes (ESPRITO)
The Hub is associated with 12 Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) programs located in Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. Eleven of the participating CSC programs employ the NAVIGATE treatment model and one program uses the STEP model.
See the full list of ESPRITO clinics
All ESPRITO activities are led and supported by an active Hub that includes personnel with clinical and research expertise in treatment of first episode psychosis and technical expertise in informatics.
- To develop and implement enhancements to our CSC programs. Expanded-NAVIGATE (E-NAVIGATE) is key to the Learning Health System. Initial changes include updated treatment manuals that incorporate advances in understanding of CSC client service needs to improve outcomes. Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) is a new component of CSC that provides targeted supports for those experiencing challenges in getting back to school or work. Further enhancements and changes will develop through the Learning Health System.
- To implement measurement based care using an Informatics platform known as ESPRITO-One. ESPRITO-ONE incorporates tools for assessment and reporting to clinicians to support such care. It includes ability for patients to rapidly report symptoms and problems, dashboards that allow clinicians to record information and monitor progress, and portals to record outcome information over time to track progress. Each clinic has a secure, privacy protected cloud based site. The Hub has access to de-identified data from all sites so that it can both support the clinics and enable rapid cycle learning that is the Learning Health System’s goal.
- Two research studies will address specific challenges in CSC services.
- Premature disengagement from CSC services. This study will first develop a profile of those who are at risk of disengagement. We will then compare adding a novel, web-based platform (MyHealios) that provides E-NAVIGATE supports to E-NAVIAGTE as usual. The outcome goal is increased retention in care.
- Adherence to oral anti-psychotic medication. Consistent receipt of anti-psychotic medication prevents relapse but patients often have challenges in taking oral medication. We will compare use of a smart phone app that provides direct observation of treatment (AiCure) to usual care. The outcome goal is reduced hospitalization and emergency room visits.
South County Mental Health Center, Inc.
Delray Beach, FL
Citrus Health Network, Inc.
Clay Behavioral Health Center
Early Treatment & Cognition Health (ETCH)
East Lansing, MI
InterAct of Michigan (Grand Rapids, MI)
Grand Rapids, MI
InterAct of Michigan (Kalamazoo, MI)
Red Rock Behavioral Health Services
Oklahoma City, OK
Family and Children’s Services
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
ESPRITO is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health under award number