BeST Center

First Coordinated Specialty Care

Who is FIRST For?

While each person will be considered for FIRST treatment services on an individual basis, FIRST is most appropriate for individuals who:

  • are 15-40 years of age — or between 16-40 years of age in Mahoning County only;
  • are diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder or other specified/unspecified schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorder;
  • have experienced no more than 18 months of psychotic symptoms (treated or untreated);
  • are willing to consent to participate in at least two treatment modalities that include counseling, psychiatric care, supported employment/education, family psychoeducation and case management.

FIRST is not appropriate for individuals:

with psychotic symptoms that are known to be caused by the temporary effects of substance abuse or another medical condition
with an intellectual disability that impairs their ability to understand all of the treatment components

Individuals who do not meet eligibility criteria for FIRST are referred to other treatment resources.


BeST Center

BeST Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center

Department of Psychiatry