The CEDAR program and related activities are generously funded in part by the Sidney R. Baer Jr. Foundation. Funding for a three year pilot project (July 2007-June 2010) followed a foundation grant application developed by Larry J. Seidman, PhD (PI) and Anthony J. Giuliano, PhD (Co-PI) in conjunction with Ms. Loren Feingold of the BIDMC Office of Development Office in Spring 2007. Funding through 2011 is now available and additional funding is being sought for further development of the program.
The central goal of our work is to reduce the incidence of serious mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and related psychoses, through risk identification and early intervention, and to support the functioning of individuals with early symptoms of psychosis. The four core objectives of the grant application (initially called the "Prodrome Treatment and Education Program (PTEP)-Boston") include the following:
- Development of a specialized regional clinical service for people at high risk for developing psychosis and their families. It is also intended to serve as a model for dissemination by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and contribute to broader clinical service reform related to early identification and intervention.
- Provision of community education and outreach through regional presentations and trainings to college counseling centers, physician practice groups, high schools, and other community-based clinicians and professionals who work with youth who may be at risk. Our goal is to increase the capacity for early identification and early referral in the broader metropolitan Boston area. A variety of resources are available to support this effort.
- Offering a free or low-cost annual conference focused on critical issues in youth mental health, particularly current advancements in early intervention.
- Development of a youth-friendly website (i.e., this website) associated with CEDAR to provide information related to early psychosis, risk states, clinical services and resources.
We are grateful for the generous funding by the Sidney R. Baer Jr. Foundation, and the support of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (particularly the Metro-Boston Regional Office and the staff of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center), and the Department of Psychiatry at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that have made this effort and website possible.
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