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Prevention & Recovery of Early Psychosis

Prevention & Recovery of Early Psychosis (PREP)

 

The PREP Program: PREP stands for Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis; this new program (under development now) offers new outreach, education and early community-based treatmentservices to young adults in Alameda County aged 16-24 years who are experiencing the onset of firstpsychosis associated with serious mental illness, especially schizophrenia andschizophrenia formed illnesses.

 

Three key issues prevent youth with the early symptoms of psychosis and their families from seeking help:
  1. they fear the stigma of mental illness;
  2. they don’t understand which behaviors might be indicators of mental illness and which are just symptoms of the normal problems of adolescence;
  3. they don’t know where to seek help.

 

The PREP Program outreach activities will focus on stigma reduction, the effectiveness of early intervention, ways to identify risk factors and early symptoms of psychosis and where to seek help.

 

This new program will be delivered to transitional age youth and their families through a Partnership with the following agencies:

Family Service Agency of San FranciscoEast Bay Community Recovery Project, the Mental Health Association of Alameda County and UCSF.

In the PREP Program, “family” is understood to mean anyone responsible for, or closely involved in the treatment of, a person with mental illness, whether biologically related or not.

The PREP Program is funded through Mental Health Services Act funds, and the program / partnership is contracted for service by ACBHCS.

For more information, contact the Mental Health Association of Alameda County at 510-835-5010


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