Implementation of NAVIGATE for first episode psychosis in Israel: Clients' characteristics, program utilization and ratings of change

David Roe, Michal Mashiach-Eizenberg, Paula Garber Epstein, Amit Yamin, Gili Hoter Ishay, Yaara Zisman-Ilani

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Objective: NAVIGATE is a comprehensive treatment program for first episode psychosis developed and implemented in the US that has been found to be effective. The purpose of the present study was to describe the first initiative of NAVIGATE's implementation outside the US, and to present data collected in Israel from the first two clinics focusing on NAVIGATE clients' characteristics, components utilization and retrospective clinician ratings of change. Methods: Administrative data for 61 NAVIGATE clients in Israel and retrospective ratings of NAVIGATE clinicians were analysed. Results: The duration of untreated psychosis was 4.4 months (SD = 6.8). Clients were mostly referred to NAVIGATE from psychiatric hospitals (n = 29, 50.9%) and community mental health agencies (n = 20, 35.1%). The individualized resiliency training (IRT) component had the highest client utilization rate (n = 53, 98.1%) with a monthly average of M = 2.32 sessions (SD = 2.75). Clinicians' retrospective ratings indicated that 66% of the clients (n = 33) had improved in at least one life domain, with the most common improvement in employment (n = 28, 56%), recovery (n = 24, 50%), and symptoms severity (n = 23, 47%). Conclusions: Our findings reveal that NAVIGATE can be implemented outside the US within a different social and cultural context and different mental health system. The utilization rates of the program components and clinicians' retrospective ratings indicated positive change among most of NAVIGATE clients, pointing to the potential value of NAVIGATE above and beyond different countries and health systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1343-1348
Number of pages6
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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