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Community Health Alliance EASA Presentation

Early Assessment and Support Alliance

Jessica Hansen

on 12 August 2016

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Transcript of Community Health Alliance EASA Presentation

So What is Psychosis?
Don't Wait!!
It’s a common medical condition that affects the
brain’s ability to process information.
Psychosis is one of the most common adolescent health conditions
How common is it in Youth?
Schizophrenia affects 1/100

Most major illnesses have a typical onset in teen and young adult years.

The best opportunity to change the outcome is at the beginning
Why EASA is needed...
If in doubt, call!!
Hallucinations or delusions
Disturbances in emotional
expression or movement
Inability to tell what is real
Psychotic Symptoms
Problems with speech
Stress or Trauma
Many medical
Mood Disorders
Head Injury
Sleep deprivation
Genetic Vulnerability
Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Steroids,Stimulants
Possible Causes
About 1 youth in every classroom
will experience psychosis at some time

About 3 in 100 will develop psychosis
associated with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression
6 times more common than Type 1
diabetes and just as treatable
Early Intervention Works!
Identifying and treating someone
in the early stages of a psychosis
can significantly improve
their long-term outcome
Well-researched model
Intensive multi-disciplinary
approach during
a critical period
Early symptoms are often subtle, but can cause major problems with the ability to learn and interact.
So What Should I Look For?
•Treatment costs for schizophrenia can be as much as 15 times higher than other mental health disorders

•2002 study estimated the annual cost of schizophrenia in the US at $62 billion, only 36% from direct treatment costs

•Employment rate of 10-25%
Economic Costs
Why Early Treatment?
Its Effective!!

Lower doses of medications over shorter periods


Insight is still preserved

Keep identity in life vs. forming around psychosis

Faster recovery

Self advocacy vs. inability to care for self
Community Health Alliance
EASA Program

ask for Emma Fuchs, Jessica Hansen or any EASA Team Member
What EASA has to offer
Multi-family groups
Family Support & Education
Supported Employment
& Education
Psychiatry and Nursing
Case management,
mentoring & skills training
Individualized counseling
Psychosis affects 1 in 30 young people

Major Mental Illnesses often have a gradual onset

EASA relies on referrals from people in the community to access people having early warning signs
Why Community Involvement?
Early Assessment and Support Alliance

Keeping young people with the early signs of psychosis on their normal life paths
Success Story
Social Withdrawal
Spending more time alone
Avoiding friends or family
Avoiding groups
Changes in Performance
It can affect the way that we interpret information,
the ability to organize information
and the ability to express information.
A network of educated community members & highly skilled clinicians
Most Current Evidenced Based Practices
Building Community Awareness
Offering Easily Accessible, Effective Treatment & Support
Anyone can develop psychosis
Gradual onset is the norm and provides
the opportunity for early identification
What to expect if you refer
You can discuss a person anonymously to see if they might be right for EASA
We will screen them to see if they are appropriate for EASA, and refer for other services if not
You will be notified of the outcome
Our goal is to make treatment as easy to access and effective as possible.
Functional Decline
Dropping grades
Neglecting responsibilities
Missing school/work
Loss of motivation or energy
Quitting sports, clubs or groups
Less interest in previously enjoyable activities
Sleeping More
Spending more time inactive
Staying home from work/school
Behavior Changes
Collecting objects or hoarding
Developing a new and unusual interest
Developing an odd habit or gesture
Taking risks
Dramatic Sleep and Appetite Changes
Eating more or less than usual
Sleeping more or less than usual
Only eating certain foods
Concentration Difficulty
Having trouble paying attention or focusing
Losing abilities in athletics or hobbies
Losing track of conversations
Getting Lost
Developing difficulty with understanding long sentences
Unusual beliefs
Thinking that they have special or magical powers
Believing or fearing that others can be influenced without their knowledge
Believing that thoughts are being inserted into their brain
Sensory Changes
Noticing that senses feel raw
Perceiving lights as brighter or sounds as louder
Smelling things that might not be there
Avoiding touch
Complaining that clothing feels irritating
Suspiciousness of Others
Worrying about what others are thinking
Thinking others wish harm in some way
Watching others with suspicion
Feeling fearful or uneasy around people
Many early symptoms are similar to what is experienced during acute psychosis, but individuals are still able to tell that what they are experiencing is not real.

As symptoms get worse, individuals can lose the ability to tell what is real, and may have a harder time engaging in treatment.
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