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Saint Clare’s Joins National Research Effort to Improve Treatment for Schizophrenia


March 22, 2011

Saint Clare’s Will Serve as One of Only 35 Locations Nationwide

Saint Clare’s Health System has been selected to participate in a research study known as the RAISE Early Treatment Program (ETP).  Saint Clare’s Health System is one of 35 locations across the United States that will be carrying out ETP, a study to find new ways to help people with schizophrenia and related disorders.

The ETP study is part of the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Project. RAISE seeks to develop interventions that can be tested in real-world treatment settings and be quickly put into practice should they prove successful. ETP is one of two research teams that NIMH has funded under the RAISE Project, which aims to intervene at the earliest signs of schizophrenia.

“We are pleased to have Saint Clare’s Health System as a member of ETP. We believe the participation of Saint Clare’s and its staff is essential to the success of ETP and RAISE,” said ETP Director John Kane, M.D., of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY.

ETP is recruiting people between the ages of 15 and 40 who are experiencing the early stages of schizophrenia and related disorders. Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, and strange thinking patterns. The study will compare two different ways of providing treatment. ETP treatments will be tailored to the individual’s needs and may include a range of treatment strategies such as medication, psychosocial therapy, family involvement, and supported education and employment. These strategies are all aimed at promoting symptom reduction and improving life functioning.

“Our primary mission, as always, is to provide the best treatment possible,” says Saint Clare’s Health System RAISE Project Director Warren Ververs. “Early intervention has long been viewed as critical to long term success, and we are honored to be a part of a program like this.”

Schizophrenia and related illnesses often strike young people in the prime of life. Although the exact causes of the disease have not yet been determined, current treatments can help people with schizophrenia live independent and fulfilling lives in their communities.

Serving thousands of individuals and families of all faiths and cultures each year, Saint Clare’s Health System Behavioral Health Services offers a full continuum of behavioral healthcare for adults, children and families at centers in Morris and Sussex Counties.  For more information, please visit www.saintclares.org.

Individuals interested in learning more about how to participate in the RAISE Early Treatment Program may contact Warren Ververs at 973-625-7079 or email wververs@saintclares.org. More information is also available at www.raiseetp.org.

NIMH has awarded separate contracts to two independent research teams. Contracts have been awarded to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Manhasset, NY, and to the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at Columbia University in New York City.  ETP has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the NIMH, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN-271-2009-00019C. For more information on the overall NIMH RAISE project, see www.nimh.nih.gov/RAISE

About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services.  Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.

Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.

 
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