NAVIGATE: A comprehensive early treatment program for people with first episode psychosis.

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NAVIGATE is a comprehensive program designed to provide early and effective treatment to individuals who have experienced a first episode of psychosis.  It was developed with support from NIMH and has been implemented at 20 sites throughout the U.S. and one in Canada, including urban, suburban, and rural settings, and has provided treatment to people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  NAVIGATE is one of the options for implementing Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for early psychosis, as described by SAMHSA’s website.

The program is named “NAVIGATE” to convey our mission of helping individuals with a first episode of psychosis and their families to successfully find their way to psychological and functional well-being, and to access the services they need in the mental health system.

How Navigate Works

Learn more about how Navigate works, including the details of our flexible, team-based approach.


Download the Program Director Manual, Team Members’ Guide, IRT Manual, and more.

IRT Videos

Session Overviews, Assessment & Goal Setting, Education about Psychosis, and more

Initial Consultation

If you are interested in exploring implementing NAVIGATE at your agency or in your state, we offer a free one hour phone consultation.  You can set one up by e-mailing Susan Gingerich by clicking the Contact Us button below.

Susan has worked with individuals with mental illness and their families for over 30 years, and for the past 18 years has also provided training and consultation for mental health professionals.  She has worked with the NAVIGATE program since its inception. Susan has five years of experience working with multiple NAVIGATE sites across the U.S.

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