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FIRST Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis

FIRST Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis programs are available throughout Ohio and are committed providing to the best treatment services for individuals experiencing an initial episode of psychotic illness and their families as early in the course of the illness as possible.

Early Warning Signs of Psychosis

Typically, a person will show changes in his or her behaviors before psychosis develops. The list below includes several warning signs of psychosis:

  • Worrisome drop in grades or job performance
  • New trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
  • Suspiciousness, paranoid ideas or uneasiness with others
  • Withdrawing socially, spending a lot more time alone than usual
  • Unusual, overly intense new ideas, strange feelings or having no feelings at all
  • Decline in self-care or personal hygiene
  • Difficulty telling reality from fantasy
  • Confused speech or trouble communicating

 

Any one of these items by itself may not be significant, but someone with several of the items on the list should consult a mental health professional. A qualified psychologist, a psychiatrist or a trained social worker will be able to make a diagnosis and help develop a treatment plan.

If you notice these changes in behavior and they begin to intensify or do not go away, it is important to seek help. Early treatment of psychosis increases the chance of a successful recovery.

(From RA1SE, Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode, a research project of the National Institute of Mental Health.)

The Treatment

As outpatient early identification and treatment of psychotic illness programs, FIRST programs are committed to:

  • rapid access to services;
  • helping people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders set and achieve goals for the future;
  • and involving loved ones in the recovery process.

FIRST treatment services are provided in an integrated manner by a six-person team and include:

  • psychiatric care
  • individual counseling
  • family education and support
  • supported employment/education
  • case management

Early outcomes for individuals participating in FIRST programs are promising: the majority of individuals in the FIRST programs are either working and/or pursuing educational goals full-time or part-time and the rates of re-hospitalization rate are low.

FIRST Episode Psychosis Programs

View a map of the Ohio programs.

BEST Center-Affiliated FIRST Programs

FIRST Greater Lima, Coleman Professional Services, 330.541.8543

FIRST Greater Lima, Coleman Professional Services, 330.541.8543

FIRST Greater Cincinnati Area, Butler Behavioral Health Services, 513.609.7038

FIRST Greater Cincinnati Area, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, 513.609.7038

FIRST Allwell Behavioral Health Services, 740.562.3270

FIRST Cuyahoga County, Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, 216.339.1438

TCN Behavioral Health Services, 937.374.6036

FIRST Allwell Behavioral Health Services, 740.562.3270

FIRST Greater Cincinnati Area, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, 513.609.7038

FIRST Greater Lima, Coleman Professional Services, 330.541.8543

FIRST Lucas and Wood Counties, Zepf Center, 567.686.4729

FIRST Lorain County, The Nord Center, 440.204.4200

FIRST Mahoning County, Alta Behavioral Healthcare, 234.201.2512

TCN Behavioral Health Services, 937.374.6036

FIRST Allwell Behavioral Health Services, 740.562.3270

FIRST Allwell Behavioral Health Services, 740.562.3270

FIRST Allwell Behavioral Health Services, 740.562.3270

FIRST Allwell Behavioral Health Services, 740.562.3270

FIRST Portage County, Coleman Professional Services, 330.676.6859

FIRST Stark County, Coleman Professional Services, 330.541.1877

FIRST Summit County, Child Guidance & Family Solutions, 234.788.1646

Greene County

FIRST Trumbull County, Coleman Professional Services, 330.541.1732

FIRST Lucas and Wood Counties, Zepf Center, 567.686.4729

Illinois

To find FIRST.IL Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis Programs in Illinois, please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services.

National Resources

Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis Resources and Programs in the United States

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High-Risk for Psychosis

C-CAN is a collaborative effort to deliver treatment for Summit County, Ohio, individuals between the ages of 10-25 who may be experiencing warning signs for developing psychosis. C-CAN provides individual counseling, family education, case management, and employment and education support that is critical to achieving positive outcomes.

Funded by a $1.35 million grant awarded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board, the C-CAN initiative includes Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Community Support Services and the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center. For more information call the C-CAN Resource Line: 234.788.1646, email c-can@cgfs.org or visit www.cgfs.

CONTACT US

BeST Center
Email: bestcenter@neomed.edu

BeST Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center

Department of Psychiatry