Recovery In Shared Experiences (RISE)

Welcome to the homepage for Recovery In Shared Experiences (RISE) – a CHA program specializing in treatment for initial episodes of psychosis. CHA is committed to achieving the highest standard of care for people with serious mental illness in our communities. One important way we do this is through timely, effective treatment for psychosis. Research shows that recognizing and treating psychosis early improves one’s health and functional outcomes.1 Early intervention is also vital for addressing the emotional burden on individuals and families as everyone adjusts to living with a mental illness. Our community members affected by psychosis should know they are not alone and how to get help.

To address this urgent need in our communities, CHA child and adult psychiatry partnered to launch RISE in late 2014 to achieve the following goals:

  • Improve timely access to evidence-based treatment for psychosis.
  • Provide comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and coordination with families and providers.
  • Foster hope and connection among young adults and families in recovery.
  • Guide young adults with psychosis toward greater resiliency and health.
  • Develop skills needed to improve educational, occupational, and social functioning.
  • Improve long-term clinical and functional outcomes for people living with psychosis.

RISE services are based on the “Coordinated Specialty Care” model tested in the nationwide RAISE (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode) trial, which is today’s gold standard for evidence-based treatment of first episode psychosis. This model involves four core services:

  1. Personalized medication management
  2. Family psychoeducation
  3. Resilience-focused therapy
  4. Supported employment and education

In addition to these four services above, RISE is also excited to offer members:

  • Opportunities for social connection via a drop-in “Community Room” open Tuesday afternoons before and after groups.
  • Peer support from a part-time staff Peer Support Specialist, who is available to work with RISE members in-person, virtually, or out in the community.
  • Group and individual family interventions and supports (in addition to psychoeducation).
  • On-site medical consults with our integrated nurse practitioner.
  • Fully-integrated care at Central Street, with lab services and primary care providers available at Union Square Family Health -- recognized as a top primary care practice nationwide!

RISE groups and Community Room are held on Tuesday afternoons at CHA Central Street Care Center, 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA. Individual medication or therapy visits are scheduled between each person and her/his providers.

If you would like to learn more about RISE, please contact RISE Care Partner (Natalie Garcia) at 617-591-6097, or speak with the individual's CHA primary care practice about making a referral to RISE.

For more information about the Coordinated Specialty Care model CHA has used to develop RISE services, please visit: http://navigateconsultants.org.


1 Kane JM, Robinson DG, Schooler NR, et al. Comprehensive versus usual community care for first-episode psychosis: 2-year outcomes from the NIMH RAISE early treatment program. Am J Psychiatry 2016; 173:362–372; Abstract available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26481174.

    Find Us

  • CHA Central Street Care Center

    26 Central Street Somerville, MA 02143 Get Directions
    P: 617-665-3220 F: 617-591-6452

    Contact Us

  • Esther Kletter, LICSW

    RISE Clinical Leader P: (617) 591-6374 Email
  • Natalie Garcia

    Care Partner P: 617-591-6097 Email