Resources for Serious Mental Illness (SMI)


Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Products


Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)

Early Psychosis

  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Care for Early Psychosis Practice Brief. With an emphasis on early psychosis, this brief reviews clinical and organizational best practices to promote culturally and linguistically responsive care, with a focus on Latinx sub-populations.   
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Care for Early Psychosis Webinar. This webinar addresses culturally and linguistically responsive care, with an emphasis on Latinx sub-populations. Implications for practice and research applicable to multiple service settings with varying service sectors are discussed. 
  • Best and Promising Practices Fact Sheet: Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for First Episode Psychosis. Behavioral health practitioners and organizations are often required to determine whether a particular intervention meets the needs of their clients, staff, and/or funders. The Best and Promising Practice (BPP) Fact Sheet Library, developed by the MHTTC Network, is designed to provide the mental health workforce with information about a wide array of evidence-based and promising approaches. Each fact sheet in the library summarizes a specific behavioral health practice, its evidence base, and steps for successful implementation. In this sheet, we provide an overview of the principles and practice of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for First Episode Psychosis.

General Resources for SMI

APA Practice Guidelines

Guidelines on developing proficiency in the assessment and management of serious mental illness among psychologists.

SAMHSA Interdepartmental SMI Coordinating Committee Report to Congress

Includes vision statement and recommendations for future directions; December 13, 2017. 

SAMHSA: Creating a System of Care That Meets the Needs of People With Mental and Substance Use Disorders

By Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD; published online March 26, 2020. As the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. McCance-Katz advises the HHS Secretary on improving behavioral healthcare in America and leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in HHS.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

SMI Advisor

Provides educational and Training Resources for Clinicians in Assessing, Managing, and Treating individuals with serious mental illness.

University of Washington Psychiatry Consultation Line (877-WA-PSYCH)

The UW Psychiatry Consultation Line (PCL) helps eligible providers who are seeking advice regarding patients with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The program is fast, free, and connects community providers to psychiatrists at the University of Washington.

National Institute of Mental Health Publications

NIMH offers brochures and fact sheets on mental health disorders and related topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. Printed materials can be ordered free of charge. Brochures and fact sheets are also offered in digital formats and are available in English and Spanish.

National Institute of Mental Health Newsletter

Subscribe to NIMH newsletters.

Philadelphia Govt. Department of Behavioral Health Epic Resources

Nicely curated resource page about topics related to Evidence Based Practices, focused on topics like: implementation, categorizing practices by scientific evidence, assessment tools, free online EBP trainings and much more. Includes policy reports, scholarly papers, free online training and manuals.

Resources for Early Psychosis

Including First Episode Psychosis (FEP) and Clinical High-Risk for Psychosis (CHR-P)

SAMHSA Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator Tool

National Institute of Mental Health Explanation of Coordinated Specialty Care

National Institute of Mental Health Coordinated Specialty Care Fact Sheet and Checklist

Psychosis-Risk and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET) Webinars
MHTTC Network: Early Psychosis Resource Page
Northwest MHTTC: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Care for Early Psychosis Practice Brief
Northwest MHTTC: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Care for Early Psychosis Webinar

Resources for Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Persons with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

North American Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis Society (NA-CBTp)

An organization of health care professionals, academics and researchers dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis(CBTp) in North America.

Fact Sheet on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis

From National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

Psychosis Outside the Box

Psychosis Outside the Box has been designed as a non-research, grassroots knowledge generation project with the goal of bringing together diverse accounts of experiences associated with psychosis that have been traditionally neglected.

University of Washington Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Evidence-Based Practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis

Resources on CBTp research and projects at the University of Washington. 


Introductory (One-Hour) webinar on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis

A webinar for clinicians by Dr. Sarah Kopelovich. 

Introductory (One-Hour) webinar on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis-informed practices

A webinar for families and caregivers by Dr. Kate Hardy.

Resources for Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

National ACT Virtual Meetings & Virtual Discussion Forum

The Northwest MHTTC is partnering with the Institute for Best Practices at the University of North Carolina to host and facilitate regular meetings for ACT teams and ACT stakeholders. The associated Virtual Discussion Forum contains more information, resources, strategies used across teams, and the recordings of past meetings.