With the right treatment and support, people with serious mental illness can and do get better.
They finish high school, graduate from college, find employment, enjoy long-term relationships and families of their own, volunteer, live independently, and more.
The opportunities for living a quality life are much greater if they receive Coordinated Specialty Care as soon as possible after symptoms begin. Research shows that individuals who receive Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) early in the course of their illness have:
- Greater ability to move forward with school, work, living independently and other life goals.
- Better relationships with family and friends.
- Decreased symptoms, and they may have lower rates of psychiatric hospitalization.
- Reduced costs to the individual, family, and community.
Individuals between the ages of 15-35 with recent onset of the symptoms below are encouraged to seek professional mental health treatment as soon as possible:
- Hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, feeling, or believing things that others do not,
- Persistent, unusual thoughts or beliefs that cannot be set aside regardless of what others believe,
- Emotions that do not fit the situation or no emotions at all,
- Withdrawing from family or friends,
- A sudden decline in taking care of themselves, such as not showering or eating regularly,
- Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating.
Finding Coordinated Specialty Care in Ohio
Coordinated Specialty Care is a treatment approach offered by a team of mental health professionals that can include medication, counseling, family education and support, supported employment/education services, case management and other services.
The counties highlighted in the Ohio map below offer Coordinated Specialty Care treatment services.