UCLA will receive nearly $1.3 million as part of a five-year, $14.2 million grant awarded to the American Psychiatric Association to create a national clinical support system for people with serious mental illness.

The project provides consultation and education for clinicians who provide care to people with serious mental illness, including physicians, nurses, and recovery and peer specialists. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is funding the project.

Serious mental illnesses include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and recurrent major depressive disorder.

Dr. Alexander Young, a professor of psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will lead the UCLA part of the project. This includes guidance on medications to treat mental illness in individual patients, and a center of excellence focused on schizophrenia that is not well-controlled by medications.

UCLA will provide support and expertise on best practices for the treatment of serious mental illness to health care professionals, programs and communities across the nation.