A collaborative for the early identification and treatment of mental illness with psychosis

The Maryland Early Intervention Program (EIP)

The Early Intervention Program is a collaborative effort among several centers, including the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry’s Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Center for School Mental Health, Psychology, and Psychiatric Services Research; the University of Maryland Medical System’s Divisions of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Community Psychiatry; and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Department of Psychology. This program was established in part by funding from Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Our partners have extensive experience:

  • providing clinical services to the citizens of Maryland
  • evaluating novel therapeutics for people with treatment-resistant schizophrenia
  • implementing statewide program evaluation relating to serious mental illness in youth
  • providing consultation services for adverse effects of first- and second-generation antipsychotic drugs

Over time, we are establishing a comprehensive, statewide program with clinical services provided by these University of Maryland centers and divisions as well as by satellite sites across the state. All program activities will be guided by a multidisciplinary advisory council of youth, family, and consumer advocacy representatives.

The Maryland Early Intervention Program:

  • Offers specialized programs with expertise in the early identification, evaluation, and comprehensive psychiatric treatment of adolescents and young adults at risk for, or in the early stages of, a mental illness with psychosis.

  • Uses an integrated approach to addressing the health and mental health needs of young adults, including providing support for co-occurring substance use disorders, metabolic risks, and other co-occurring medical conditions. The EIP is committed to reducing disability by equipping individuals and their families with tools to manage their illness, move successfully through the developmental stages of growth, and establish a life of their choosing.

  • Includes four components:

                  1. Outreach and Education Services to groups interested in learning more about the early stages of mental illnesses with psychosis

                  2. Clinical Services to individuals experiencing early psychosis and their families

                  3. Consultation Services to professionals working with individuals experiencing early psychosis and their families

                  4. Training and Implementation Support to professionals establishing Early Intervention Teams

  • Integrates research into each of these components; will focus on using existing/new objective methods for early detection and prediction of disease emergence, progress or recovery.

To learn more about the EIP, watch this short video.

Clinic Locations

Center of Excellence Clinics:

Strive for Wellness Clinic – 701 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 (map)

MPRC First Episode Clinic – Tawes Ct., Catonsville, MD 21228 (map)

RAISE Connection Program – 300 Armory Place, 2nd floor, Baltimore, MD 21201 (map)

The RAISE Connection Program is housed in the UMMC Walter P. Carter Carruthers Clinic, located at UMMC Midtown Campus. The entrance to the UMMC Walter P. Carter Carruthers Clinic is at 300 Armory Place on the second floor, adjacent to UMMC Midtown Campus.

Maryland EIP Network Clinics:

Johns Hopkins Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic/Maryland EIP (EPIC/EIP) – 4940 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224 (map)

OnTrack Maryland at Family Services, Inc. – 610 E. Diamond Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (map)

Key Staff

Bob Buchanan directs the Maryland EIP Program. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and interim Director of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, which is a division of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Buchanan's research interests span from the neurobehavioral and neuroanatomical investigation of the pathophysiology of schizophrenia to the investigation of novel pharmacological approaches for the treatment of cognitive impairments, negative symptoms, and treatment-resistant positive symptoms in people with schizophrenia.

Melanie Bennett  leads the Training and Implementation Support Services initiatives of the Maryland EIP Program. She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Bennett's research is focused on the treatment of alcohol, drug, and nicotine dependence in people with schizophrenia and other forms of severe mental illness.

 

 Ann Geddes is the Director of Public Policy and the Transition-Age Youth Specialist for Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF).

 

Howard Goldman is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he is the Director of the Behavioral Health Systems Collaborative. The Collaborative supports the Maryland EIP Program through training and assistance with program implementation. Dr. Goldman works with clinics, treatment systems, and service providers on developing models for continued financing of early intervention services. He is an expert in evaluating mental health services and in behavioral health financing programs and policies.

 

Ann Hackman is the Division Director for the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry’s Community Psychiatry Division, Associate Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, and is a board certified psychiatrist, working with the University of Maryland’s Walter P. Carter RA1SE Connection Program.  Dr. Hackman also participates as part of On Our Own of Maryland’s Anti-Stigma Project.  Her areas of interest include recovery oriented work with people living with serious and persistent mental illness and with first episode psychosis, addressing stigma, and the interface between community psychiatry and the criminal justice system. 

Eileen Hansen serves as the Director of the Mental Health Services Training Center and the Evidence-Based Practice Center in the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. She is responsible for administering University of Maryland contracts with Maryland's Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA) to provide training, conferences, and implementation of evidence-based practices to state and local mental health administrators, providers, consumers, and family members throughout the state. She also oversees the implementation of evidence-based practices, bringing research-based knowledge to routine mental health settings within Maryland's public mental health system. Ms. Hansen received her MSSW from Columbia University in New York.

Seth Himelhoch is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the interim Director of the Division of Psychiatric Services Research, and the Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at the University's HIV clinic, The Evelyn Jordan Clinic. Dr. Himelhoch's clinical and research experiences focus on access to care and treatment of co-occurring psychiatric and drug use disorders among individuals with HIV.

Elliot Hong is the Director of the First Episode Psychosis Clinic within the Maryland EIP Program. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Brain Imaging Research, and Chief of the Neuroimaging Research Program at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. Dr. Hong's research interests include neurophysiology and functional MRI (fMRI) of individuals with schizophrenia.

Nancy Lever is a Co-director of Outreach and Education initiatives of the Maryland EIP Program. She is an Associate Professor and Co-director of the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Lever has a particular focus on training, outreach, dissemination, and resource advancement, especially as it relates to promoting high quality, evidence-based research, training, policy, and practice in school mental health.

David Pruitt is the Chair of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and the Director of the Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Pruitt co-leads the Maryland Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care (BHIPP) project and other telepsychiatry efforts at University of Maryland, including for EIP. His research interests are in rational/irrational pharmacology and medical care and effective treatments for children/adolescents and their families.

Gloria Reeves is the Co-director of the Strive for Wellness Clinic, an early identification and intervention clinic within the Maryland EIP Program. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Reeves's research interests include childhood aggression, polypharmacy issues in child psychiatry, youth violence prevention, and neuroimaging.

Jason Schiffman is the Co-director of the Strive for Wellness Clinic, an early identification and intervention clinic within the Maryland EIP Program. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Schiffman's research interests include the early identification and treatment of youth at risk for psychosis and reduction of stigma against people with serious mental health concerns.

Sharon Stephan is a Co-director of Outreach and Education initiatives of the Maryland EIP Program. She is an Associate Professor and Co-director of the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Stephan specializes in the implementation of evidence-based interventions by behavioral health and primary care providers. She is especially interested in interventions for trauma-exposed youth.

Advisory Council

The Maryland EIP Advisory Council is composed of critical stakeholders including youth/young adult leaders and consumers, family members and advocates, service providers, law enforcement, and local and state agency leaders. Advisory Council members meet twice annually to provide input into program development, implementation and evaluation, and to learn about and inform ongoing efforts.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – Larry Wissow

Behavioral Emergency Services Team (B.E.S.T. Training for Baltimore Police Department) – Elizabeth Wexler

Behavioral Health Administration - Barbara Bazron, Mona Figueroa, Cynthia Petion, Steve Reeder, and Al Zachik

Behavioral Health System Baltimore – Steve Johnson and Laurie Wollman 

Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland – Shannon Hall

Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC: College and Community Outreach Services) – Heather Griner

Department of Juvenile Services Maryland – Michael Ito

EPOCH Counseling Center – Sue Tangires

HARBEL Prevention and Recovery Center – Pat Stabile

Maryland Association of Community Colleges – Bernie Sadusky

Maryland Coalition of Families – Jane Plapinger

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Lisa Morrel

Maryland Healthy Transitions – Kris Wright

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Student, Family, & School Support – Kristina Kyles-Smith

Mental Health Association of Maryland – Kari Gorkos and Linda Raines

Mountain Manor Treatment Center – Marc Fishman

NAMI Maryland – Kate Farinholt

On Our Own Maryland – Lauren Grimes

Taking Flight – Christi Halpin

Towson Counseling Center – Jaime Fenton

UMB Division of Psychiatric Services Research, Evidence-Based Practice Center – Kim Reeder and Bette Stewart

UMBC Counseling Center – Bruce Herman