(NYC Supportive Transition and Recovery Team)

A Free Service for Young Adults Hospitalized for a First Episode of Psychosis

Program Services

During hospitalization and for the first three months after hospital discharge, trained social workers and peer specialists use a Critical Time Intervention (CTI) case management model and “shared decision making” approach to improve linkage to care, connect patients to recovery-oriented services and support the transition back to the community.


NYC START serves New Yorkers between 16 and 30 years old hospitalized for a first episode of psychosis.

Psychosis diagnosis is limited to:

  • Schizophrenia (any type)
  • Psychosis Not Otherwise Specified
  • Schizophreniform Disorder
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Brief Psychotic Disorder
  • Shared Psychotic Disorder
  • Other Specified Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorder
  • Unspecified Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorder

Referring Patients to NYC START

Within 24 hours of diagnosis, all New York City hospitals must report admission of individuals meeting the above eligibility requirements to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Secure and confidential reports can be made electronically at

Upon receipt of the electronic report, NYC START staff will contact the hospital to provide information on how the program can be offered to eligible patients. Participation is voluntary and free.