First Episode Psychosis
First Episode Psychosis (FEP) is the first time a person starts hearing, seeing, tasting or believing things that others do not. Research shows that early treatment of psychosis can lessen the severity of the illness throughout the course of someone’s life. Psychosis often comes and goes in episodes and it is more common than most people think, affecting about 3 in 100 people during their lives. First episodes of psychosis typically occur between the ages of 15 and 30.
First Episode Psychosis programs help young people with symptoms of serious mental illness get the treatment they need to get better, get their lives on track, and pursue their life goals. Research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shows that, compared to typical care, people with early psychosis who receive Coordinated Specialty Care in FEP programs (CSC-FEP) experience greater improvement in their symptoms, relationships, and quality of life; are more involved in work or school; and stay in treatment longer.
Pennsylvania currently has nine FEP program sites:
Early Onset Recovery Program
On My Way
Connect 2 Empower