The OASIS Mission is to promote full recovery from a first episode of psychosis using proven and innovative approaches to comprehensive specialty care and integrative medicine, and our vision is one of broad accessibility for all citizens of North Carolina to these effective, life-saving services.
The OASIS Program began in 2005 as one of the earliest first episode psychosis comprehensive specialty care programs in the United States, modeled in part from the successful elements of earlier innovative programming at Europe’s OPUS Program and Australia’s EPPIC Program. We have since delivered state-of-the-art, effective medical and behavioral health services to individuals recovering from a first episode of psychosis and their families, while continually developing and researching innovations are care in response to our clients’ needs.
In 2009, our staff of experts participated in the NIMH RAISE-ETP study, contributing to the largest study to date in North America on effective services to promote recovery from first episode psychosis. What the study results showed confirmed our hypothesis: that comprehensive and coordinated specialty care for individuals and families recovering from first episode psychosis significantly improves recovery outcomes compared to traditionally available community mental health services.
The exciting results from the RAISE study have led to federal and state support of expansion of Coordinated Specialty Care programs such as OASIS, consultation services for individuals, families, and providers outside of our catchment zones, and a Technical Assistance Program working in partnership with North Carolina’s Department of Mental Health, area Managed Care Organizations, and local agencies and providers to develop additional Coordinated Specialty Care clinics throughout North Carolina.