NC Early Psychosis Intervention Services exists to promote excellence in Coordinated Specialty Care and treatment services for early psychotic illnesses throughout North Carolina, and our vision is one of broad accessibility for all citizens of North Carolina to these effective, life-saving services.
The OASIS Program began in 2005 as one of the earliest first episode psychosis comprehensive specialty care programs in the United States, modeled in part from the successful elements of earlier innovative programming at Europe’s OPUS Program and Australia’s EPPIC Program. We have since delivered state-of-the-art, effective medical and behavioral health services to individuals recovering from a first episode of psychosis and their families, while continually developing and researching innovations in care in response to our clients’ needs.
In 2009, our staff of experts participated in the NIMH-funded RAISE-ETP study, contributing to the largest study to date in North America on effective services to promote recovery from first episode psychosis. What the study results showed confirmed our clinical observations and hypothesis: that comprehensive and coordinated specialty care for individuals and families recovering from first episode psychosis significantly improves recovery outcomes compared to traditionally available community mental health services.
The exciting results from the RAISE study have led to federal and state support of expansion of Coordinated Specialty Care programs, such as OASIS. Our Technical Assistance Program working in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Mental Health, area Managed Care Organizations, and local agencies and providers works to develop and support additional Coordinated Specialty Care clinics, as well as trained community clinicians, throughout North Carolina.
To learn more about our staff click below:
- Diana Perkins, MD, MPH (Program Director)
- Rachael Royal (Clinical Data Manager)
- Sylvia Saade, Ph.D., LCSW (Trainer/Consultant; Program Director, OASIS Program – Chapel Hill)
- David Penn, Ph.D. (Trainer/Consultant; Director of Psychological Services, OASIS Program – Chapel Hill)
- James McCracken, MSW, LCSW (Outreach and Education Coordinator; Solo-practitioner)