Navigate for First-Episode Psychosis

Approximately 3 out of every 100 young people will experience psychosis with a peak onset occurring between 15-30 years of age. While this may be more common than most people think, the good news is, it IS treatable. InterAct’s Navigate program supports individuals to find their path to recovery through early detection and intervention with first episode psychosis. The program uses the evidence-based treatment components of the Coordinated Specialty Care model developed by the RAISE Early Treatment Program. The model has been broadly implemented in Australia, Canada, Scandinavia, and United Kingdom. The success of pilots in the United States funded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) led to legislation funding expansion of this service for psychosis that can improve symptoms and restore functioning. The Navigate program locally is supported by funds from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services. Funding is made available through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as managed by Network 180. You can read an article on Michigan's commitment to Navigate here.

Navigate utilizes a team-based, multi-aspect approach to treating first episode psychosis, preferably within 18 months of occurrence. The program emphasizes prompt detection, acute care during and following episodes of crisis, and recovery-oriented services offered over a 2-3 year period after the onset of symptoms.

Our program includes:

  • Individual resiliency training
  • Family education and care
  • Supported employment and education
  • Medication management

Who Can Participate in Navigate?

This program is a model for early detection and treatment and is aimed at people age 15 to 30.  It’s important to get help early when symptoms are the most responsive to treatment if you or a person you know has been:

  • Hearing or seeing things that others don’t
  • Having thoughts or beliefs that appear unusual or strange
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Feeling fearful or suspicious of others

How Does Navigate Work?

  • The program maintains small caseloads served by clinicians that work together as a team.
  • Our team has received specialized training in individual resiliency strategies, family education and care, supported employment and education, and medication prescribing and management.
  • Technical assistance and on-going support are provided to the clinicians as part of the Network 180 grant.
  • The program prioritizes mobile outreach and crisis intervention in the community to assist people in accessing needed services and resolving problems that may arise from real-life situations.


Navigate monitors its fidelity to the treatment model in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. In addition to helping people achieve their personal goals, individuals participating in Navigate early intervention programs achieve:

  • Improvement of symptoms
  • Reduced relapses
  • Improved ability to work, socialize, and live independently

How to Enroll

InterAct offers Navigate services at our offices in Kent and Kalamazoo County.  If you are interested in more information about the Navigate program in your community, please contact the following:

  • Grand Rapids area:  Contact Navigate Team Supervisor Rachelle Bosma at (616) 259-7905
  • Kalamazoo area:  Contact Navigate Team Supervisor Mollie Heine at (269) 488-9647

For more information about Navigate or any other services provided by the agency, contact InterAct Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  in Grand Rapids at (616) 259-7900 or in Kalamazoo at (269) 381-3700.

Additional Resources

Michigan Minds Empowered

Michigan Minds Empowered is a virtual community created for those whose lives have been affected by psychosis. It is focused on building strength, finding hope, and establishing meaning on the journey to wellness. Michigan Minds Empowered is supported by funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Center for Mental Health Services through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Fiduciary management is provided by Network180, the Community Mental Health Authority for Kent County, Michigan.

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