Westat to Evaluate Coordinated Specialty Care Programs for People with Serious Mental Illness


Westat will design and implement a quantitative outcome evaluation, process analysis, and fidelity assessment of selected state-operated programs that assist people at early stages of serious mental illnesses. This 3-year study is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

These programs are supported with funding through SAMHSA Mental Health Block Grant Ten Percent Set Aside funds that states must use to initiate or support evidence-based coordinated specialty care (CSC) programming. Early intervention strategies are seen as increasingly important because they reduce the likelihood of long-term disability that people with severe mental illness often experience.

Westat’s work will be guided by our experience in previous studies on early interventions in first episode psychosis, including the RAISE-IES, which studied the implementation and outcomes of a specific CSC program, and our experience in developing the First Episode Psychosis Services Fidelity Scale.

Westat will select sites, obtain patient outcomes and program fidelity data, and conduct technical assistance and process evaluation site visits. Other activities will include data analysis and delivering reports and an executive briefing.