HDC joins national research effort to improve treatment for schizophreniaThe Human Development Center (HDC) has been selected to participate in a research study known as the RAISE Early Treatment Program (ETP). The Human Development Center is one of 35 locations across the United States that will carry out ETP, a study looking at the best ways to help people in the earliest stages of schizophrenia reduce their likelihood of experiencing long-term disability.
The Human Development Center (HDC) has been selected to participate in a research study known as the RAISE Early Treatment Program (ETP). The Human Development Center is one of 35 locations across the United States that will carry out ETP, a study looking at the best ways to help people in the earliest stages of schizophrenia reduce their likelihood of experiencing long-term disability.
The ETP study is part of the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Project. ETP is one of two research teams that NIMH has funded under the RAISE Project, which aims to intervene at the earliest signs of schizophrenia. RAISE seeks to develop interventions that can be tested in real-world treatment settings and be quickly put into practice should they prove successful.
“We are pleased to have HDC as a member of the ETP team. We believe that the participation of HDC and its staff is essential to the success of ETP and RAISE,” said ETP Director John Kane, M.D., of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y.
ETP is recruiting people between the ages of 16 and 40 who are experiencing the early stages of schizophrenia and related disorders. Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, and strange thinking patterns. The study will compare two different ways of providing treatment. Both treatments are designed to provide a person with treatment soon after he or she experiences the early signs of schizophrenia. Participants will be offered mental health services such as medication and psychosocial therapy. These strategies are all aimed at promoting symptom reduction and improving life functioning.
“HDC is honored to be a part of the RAISE Early Treatment Program. By participating in this research, our staff will be better prepared to identify first-episode psychosis as well as provide individuals and families much-needed support for this life altering diagnosis,” said HDC Medical Director Peter Miller, M.D.
Also involved in the study is HDC therapist Saprina Matheny, who stated “This is an opportunity to participate in the validation of a potentially innovative treatment protocol to reduce the negative impact of psychosis on people’s lives.”
Schizophrenia and related illnesses often strike young people in the prime of life; however, many people do not seek treatment until they have had severe symptoms for a long time. Although the exact causes of the disease have not yet been determined, current treatments can help people with schizophrenia live independent and fulfilling lives in their communities.
Persons or providers interested in more information about EPT or HDC’s services are encouraged to contact Saprina Matheny at 218-730-2359.
HDC is a private, non-profit community mental health center that was established in 1938. HDC serves residents in Douglas County in northwestern Wisconsin and Carlton, Cook, Lake, and southern St. Louis counties in northeastern Minnesota.
To learn more about HDC visit their website at www.humandevelopmentcenter.org.