Our Mission

Schizophrenia & Psychosis Action Alliance is on a mission to save lives by changing the treatment paradigm for all people affected by schizophrenia-related brain diseases which involve psychosis. 


We stand for hope and recovery by promoting peer-based support programs, accelerating scientific research, identifying effective treatments, and promoting productive public policies.


We envision a day when the reclassification of schizophrenia as a neurological brain disease allows every person living with this condition to receive respect, appropriate treatment, and an opportunity to live a meaningful life in a compassionate community free from discrimination. 


Our organization has a proud history of serving as a guide point for those living with schizophrenia and psychosis, and we work every day to provide the right resources, support, and awareness.

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Our Guiding Principles

  • We pledge to become a leading Brain Health Advocate by changing the accepted language from behavioral or mental disorder to brain disorder. 


  • We educate others on mental illnesses as brain disorders.


  • We will not use stigmatizing, discriminatory, or derogatory language that denotes any of the brain disorders as an adjective, noun, or verb. 


  • We encourage everyone to speak up when they see discriminatory language or practices in the news or in public. 


  • We advocate that all brain disorders require equal and comprehensive health care. 


  • We treat all people with brain disorders with respect and compassion.

Our Public Policy Platform

S&PAA supports policies that improve access to affordable mental health and related services including, but not limited to:

Providing increased access to appropriate treatment by a comprehensive, integrated team of encompassing psychiatrists, neurologists, and other providers

Building on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act by continuing to expand access to public and private psychiatric hospitals through exceptions to the Medicaid Institution for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion

Double federal appropriations for the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Reduce incarceration of the mentally ill by authorizing Medicaid financing for the Crisis Now model and CAHOOTS programming to partner peer specialists and mental health professionals with police officers responding to citizens experiencing psychotic episodes

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