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Cognitive remediation in large systems of psychiatric care

  • Alice Medalia (a1) (a2), Alice M. Saperstein (a1) (a2), Matthew D. Erlich (a1) (a2) (a3) and Lloyd I. Sederer (a2) (a3) (a4)



With the increasing enthusiasm to provide cognitive remediation (CR) as an evidence-based practice, questions arise as to what is involved in implementing CR in a large system of care. This article describes the first statewide implementation of CR in the USA, with the goal of documenting the implementation issues that care providers are likely to face when bringing CR services to their patients.


In 2014, the New York State Office of Mental Health set up a Cognitive Health Service that could be implemented throughout the state-operated system of care. This service was intended to broadly address cognitive health, to assure that the cognitive deficits commonly associated with psychiatric illnesses are recognized and addressed, and that cognitive health is embedded in the vocabulary of wellness. It involved creating a mechanism to train staff to recognize how cognitive health could be prioritized in treatment planning as well as implementing CR in state-operated adult outpatient psychiatry clinics.


By 2017, CR was available at clinics serving people with serious mental illness in 13 of 16 adult Psychiatric Centers, located in rural and urban settings throughout New York state. The embedded quality assurance program evaluation tools indicated that CR was acceptable, sustainable, and effective.


Cognitive remediation can be feasibly implemented in large systems of care that provide a multilevel system of supports, a training program that educates broadly about cognitive health and specifically about the delivery of CR, and embedded, ongoing program evaluation that is linked to staff supervision.

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*Address for correspondence: Alice Medalia, Ph.D., 710 West 168 Street 12th floor, New York, NY 10032, USA. (Email:


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We are grateful to the many individuals in OMH central office and at the Psychiatric Centers who facilitated this project. The CR2PR initiative is funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health. The Pibly Fund provided partial support for data analysis and manuscript preparation.



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Cognitive remediation in large systems of psychiatric care

  • Alice Medalia (a1) (a2), Alice M. Saperstein (a1) (a2), Matthew D. Erlich (a1) (a2) (a3) and Lloyd I. Sederer (a2) (a3) (a4)


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