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Fraser Health Has Three EPI Programs – South, North and East. Each operates in a different geographical area.

1. Name of Service

Fraser Early Psychosis Intervention Program

2. Address of Service

Fraser South

(Surrey, Delta, Langley, White Rock)

15521 Russell Avenue,
White Rock, BC
V4B 2R4

Phone: 604-538-4278

Age range: 13-30

Fraser North

(Burnaby, Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge, New Westminster)

Royal Columbian Hospital
260 Sherbrooke Street,
New Westminster, BC
V3L 3M2

Phone: 604-777-8386

Age range: 13-30

Fraser East

(Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission, Agassiz, Hope)

Foundry Abbotsford
101-32555 Simon Ave
Abbotsford, BC
V2T 4Y2

Intake Line: 1-866-870-7847
Direct Line: 607-743-0773

Age range: 19-30

3. Hours of Service:

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

After Hours: 24 hours a day Crisis Line: 604-951-8855 / 1-877-820-7444. This number is provided to clients if they are experiencing increased symptoms during time that our offices are closed. The crisis line provides clients with any emotional support needed and connects clients to various resources in the community.

4. Who Can Receive Services?

Age range

13 – 30 years of age

Type of psychosis or disorders

First Episode Psychosis or any of the following that suggests a person may be at developing psychosis:

  • apparent changes in behaviour, thoughts and emotions
  • family history of psychosis
  • recent deterioration in daily functioning

Catchment areas served

  • Fraser South: Surrey, Delta, Langley, White Rock
  • Fraser East: Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission, Agassiz, Hope
  • Fraser North: Burnaby, Tri Cities, Maple Ridge, New Westminster
  • The person must live in the Fraser region

5. Do I Need a Referral?

Anyone can refer including self-referral.

Downloads

Fraser Health community physicians and medical clinics referral form

Fraser Health region wide referral criteria

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
  Community and public education

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.