Schizophrenia & Psychosis Action Alliance (S&PAA) has launched a transformational agenda to lead a system-wide movement for change. Are you ready to join us?
When someone suffers a medical emergency, they’re rushed to the hospital by ambulance, quickly diagnosed and given life-saving medical care with follow-up supportive services. But when that medical emergency is psychosis—which causes brain damage when left untreated—it’s often the police who respond, taking the person in handcuffs to the emergency room or jail. They’re more likely to be sedated than effectively treated. Eventually, they’ll be discharged to the street, with no follow-up care or support.
People with schizophrenia have been carved out of the medical system—because schizophrenia isn’t viewed as a medical condition. We treat the symptoms, not the disease. It is systemic negligence.
People with schizophrenia have the right to effective medicines, social support and housing, and recognition that they are people who want to live and thrive.
In 2021, S&PAA adopted a bold 10-year plan (2022-2031) for life-saving care, treatment policy, and research.
Promote Policy and Systems-Level Change
Accelerate Disease Understanding/Treatment Access to Improve Patient/Caregiver Outcomes
Amplify Treatment and Research Breakthroughs
There is an urgent need to bridge the gap between accepted scientific fact and current systems of care for people living with schizophrenia and psychosis spectrum disorders. In the months ahead, we will pursue the following activities to improve access and quality of care with the best chances to help end harmful public policy decisions and insufficient treatment options for patients: