Helen Ross McNabb Center Granted First Episode Psychosis Funding

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Helen Ross McNabb Center announces a new clinical program, OnTrack Hamilton, which aims to improve outcomes for individuals experiencing an initial psychotic episode; provide better/quicker access to treatment; provide services geared toward treating the individual and family; and increase awareness and early detection of psychotic disorders. 

OnTrack Hamilton is one of four programs funded through the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services First Episode Psychosis Initiative. The Helen Ross McNabb Center operates the Hamilton County and Knox County programs.

"The period of time immediately following an individual’s first psychotic episode is important for treatment, support and education. Individuals receiving services through OnTrack Hamilton will receive evidence-based interventions, including psycho social skills training, trauma informed clinical interventions, intensive case management and peer support," officials said.

“This program can have a significant impact on individuals by reducing the number of future episodes and long-term effects of psychosis disorders,” said Gayle Lodato, senior director of Greater Chattanooga Area services for the Helen Ross McNabb Center. “By beginning treatment immediately, individuals will have more opportunities for a healthy and successful future, including higher education and employment.”

"The program will also positively impact the community by reducing the number of hospitalizations, incarcerations and incidences of homelessness for individuals experiencing a psychosis disorder," officials said.

For more information about OnTrack Hamilton, contact the Helen Ross McNabb Center at 423-266-6751.


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