Helen Ross McNabb Center granted First Episode Psychosis funding in Hamilton County

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) The Helen Ross McNabb Center is pleased to announce a new clinical program, OnTrack Hamilton, which aims to improve outcomes for individuals experiencing an initial psychotic episode; provide better/quicker access to treatment; provide services geared toward treating the individual and family; and increase awareness and early detection of psychotic disorders.

OnTrack Hamilton is one of four programs funded through the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services First Episode Psychosis Initiative. The Helen Ross McNabb Center operates the Hamilton County and Knox County programs.

The period of time immediately following an individual’s first psychotic episode is important for treatment, support and education. Individuals receiving services through OnTrack Hamilton will receive evidence-based interventions, including psycho social skills training, trauma-informed clinical interventions, intensive case management and peer support.

“This program can have a significant impact on individuals by reducing the number of future episodes and long-term effects of psychosis disorders,” said Gayle Lodato, senior director of Greater Chattanooga Area services for the Helen Ross McNabb Center. “By beginning treatment immediately, individuals will have more opportunities for a healthy and successful future, including higher education and employment.”

The program will also positively impact the community by reducing the number of hospitalizations, incarcerations and incidences of homelessness for individuals experiencing a psychosis disorder.

For more information about OnTrack Hamilton, contact the Helen Ross McNabb Center at (423) 266-6751.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates more than 70 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org.    

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