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Help for First Episode Psychosis

With the right treatment and support, people affected by a first episode of psychosis can and do get better. They finish high school, graduate from college, find employment, enjoy long-term friendships, 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 for First Episode Psychosis (CSC for FEP) early in the course of their illness. Individuals who receive CSC for FEP 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.

Get Help Early

You or someone you know between 15 and 35 years of age may be experiencing the recent onset of unusual thinking, perceptions, behaviors, and emotions, including:

  • 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 concentratin

It is important for anyone experiencing these symptoms to reach out to a CSC for FEP team as soon as possible after symptoms begin. CSC is offered in community mental health agencies throughout Ohio. Find CSC for FEP in your community.

What to Expect

“With medication and support services, I have been able to complete school, sustain employment and support myself financially. I want to continue to manage symptoms and achieve my dreams.”

  • A 24-year-old man participating in CSC for FEP. While participating in treatment, he worked and completed a training program on a scholarship. He has good support from friends and family. He enjoys working and helping others, and he hopes to open his own business.


“My daughter was consumed with hearing voices and spent her days speaking with an imaginary person. She could not focus or answer questions. Mostly, she stayed in her room by herself. With the help of her treatment, the voices have decreased, she is dealing with her delusions effectively, and she is spending time with our family again, watching movies and playing games. The treatment team is helping her to cope with her symptoms and set goals for the future.”

  • Mother of a young woman participating in CSC for FEP

CSC for FEP is a treatment approach offered by a team of mental health specialists that can include medication, counseling, family education and support, supported employment/education services, case management and other services. Each specialist works with the individual to create a personal treatment plan based on their goals, needs and preferences. CSC for FEP includes:

Psychotherapy/Counseling – Helps individuals with setting and achieving goals, learning about their illness, developing coping skills, maintaining good relationships, preventing the return of symptoms, and developing the ability to bounce back.

Medication Management – A psychiatric provider works with the individual to identify medication that might offer the best results.

Family Education and Support – Provides family and friends (as determined by the individual) with information about the illness and help to improve communication and problem-solving.

Supported Education and Employment Services – Help individuals continue or return to work or school and achieve their goals.

Case Management – Helps individuals to develop useful skills, solve problems and work toward their goals.

Many CSC for FEP programs offer Peer Support Services, helping to connect participants with individuals who have been through similar experiences and services.