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Nebraska debuts new psychosis program.

Public health workers in Nebraska have launched a new effort to help young people with psychosis manage their illnesses and move toward recovery.

In May, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced a pilot program aimed at providing services to people ages 15 to 25 who have experienced their first episode of psychosis.

The Nebraska First Episode Psychosis program is designed for residents with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, delusion disorder, brief psychotic disorder and other psychotic disorders. The program will be piloted in two of the state's behavioral health regions --a rural region with 150.000 people and an urban area with upward of 900.000 people.

"These pilot programs have the potential to be life-changing for young people who have had a first psychotic episode," said Sheri Dawson, RN, director of the health department's Division of Behavioral Health, in a news release.

The pilot program will offer medication management, employment and education assistance, individual psychotherapy, family education and access to health care providers.

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Title Annotation:STATES IN BRIEF
Author:Krisberg, Kim
Publication:The Nation's Health
Geographic Code:1U4NE
Date:Aug 1, 2016
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