1. Name of Service
Early Psychosis Program
2. Address of Service
1308 Alward Street,
Prince George, BC
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||
|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|
|Family Support and 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:
|Cognitive assessments and rehabilitation|
|Vocational rehab programs|
|Medication side effect monitoring, healthy living 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.