Family members are often the first to observe early signs of psychosis in their loved one’s behavior. It’s crucial to identify as early as possible the symptoms and seek treatment immediately. NAMI’s Early Psychosis and Psychosis page provides information on the condition, current treatments, ways to support recovery, and links to NAMI Discussion Groups that focus on topics related to Psychosis.
If your loved one’s symptoms have presented within the past two years and they are between the ages of 16 to 30 years of age, they may qualify for the Coordinated Specialty Care services of a First Episode Psychosis program.
Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) refers to treatment programs designed for people between the ages of 16-30 who have been experiencing symptoms of psychosis for two years or less. CSC has been shown to be more effective at the long-term reduction of symptoms and improvement of quality of life. A CSC program will involve a team of behavioral specialists that work with the client and their caregivers to create a treatment plan involving:
- recovery-oriented psychotherapy
- medication management
- family education and support
- case management
- work and/or education support
To find a CSC program in your area, you may wish to consult:
- Program Directory of Early Psychosis Intervention Programs
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains an Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator as a source of information for family members who are seeking CSC programs in the United States.
If your loved one does not qualify for a CSC program, we suggest building your own using the components listed above. The following link includes sites offering resources for families and individuals, examples of which include (but are not limited to) NAVIGATE, OnTrackNY, Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP), and the Early Assessment & Support Alliance.