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Northern Health Authority

1. Name of Service

Early Psychosis Program

2. Address of Service

1308 Alward Street,
Prince George, BC
V2M 7B1

phone: 250-649-7660
fax: 250-649-7662
email: sandi.dewolf@northernhealth.ca

3. Hours of Service:

Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm

After Hours: Community response unit 250-565-2668 Monday to Sunday 4:30pm to 9:00pm or UHNBC Emergency department

4. Who Can Receive Services?

Age range Anywhere along the age spectrum as being identified as experiencing a first break episode
Type of Psychoses or disorders
  • Schizophrenia spectrum
  • Bipolar Psychosis
  • Brief Psychotic episode
Catchment areas served Prince George, available to consult to Northern region on case management

5. Do I need A Referral?

Anyone can refer including self-referral

6. Program Description:

Basic early psychosis services provided include:

Complete assessment of symptoms and physical functioning
Medication management
Case manager
Family Support and Education
Client education
Treatment of problems in living and other mental health issues

In addition to these basic early intervention services more comprehensive services may be offered including:

Groups
Cognitive assessments and rehabilitation
Vocational rehab programs
Medication side effect monitoring, healthy living programs
Alumni programs
Research and opportunities to participate in studies

Comprehensiveness and degree of specialization of the service:

Full EPI Program (Level 1)
Developing EPI Program (Level 2)
EPI Informed Care (Level 3)
General Mental Heath Service only (Level 4)

Criteria to help describe level of service.

Full EPI Program (Level 1) with a full range of services and compliance with almost all Standards and Guidelines). Highly specialized program and staff

Developing EPI Program (i.e. Level 2) with most staff who have received specialized EPI training and the service is not at the level of service given by Full programs but certainly exceeds the breadth and intensity of services by EPI-Informed Level 3 services or generic mental health centres.

EPI-Informed Care (Level 3) is characterized by no formal status and reduced scope of services compared to the Standards and guidelines yet there must be a minimum of specialized training or skill working with early psychosis clients and families. This type of service is frequent in rural areas where there may be a sole clinician who has received specialized EPI training who handles first episode clients and works with physicians in the communities in the catchment area.

General Mental health service (Level 4 -No special EPI service) refers to general mental health service without the specialized training, expertise and services concerning early psychosis.