New Resource for Early Onset of Psychosis

June 9th, 2017

The Institute for Mental Health Research (IMHR) Epicenter is an exciting and new free-standing, community-based center located in Phoenix, Arizona. IMHR Epicenter provides rapid, comprehensive evidence-based services to individuals who have experienced their first episode of psychosis. The Center ensures timely access to care in order to prevent an escalation of symptoms and ultimately facilitate a substantial reduction in the use of emergency departments.

Additional benefits include enhanced school retention plus reduced unemployment and social disenfranchisement, as well as the ability to avoid costly engagements with the public mental health and criminal justice systems. The Center is a unique, comprehensive approach to treating psychotic disorders based on the latest clinical research.

The IMHR Epicenter’s model is based on well-documented, effective interventions currently used by Dr. Breitborde at the Ohio State University and formerly of the University of Arizona as well as components of other first-episode psychosis clinical programs at academic medical centers in the United States, Europe and Australia. These interventions include individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy, multi-family group psychoeducation, cognitive remediation, medication management, social rehabilitation, and vocational/education support.