Comprehensive Healthcare Services

New Journeys

Early Intervention Project

DBHR is partnering with EASA to create positive outcomes for Transition Age Youth (15-25) experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis (FEP).

The Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) is a systematic effort that originated in Oregon to prevent early trauma and disability caused by schizophrenia-related conditions. Washington is currently partnering with EASA and Comprehensive Healthcare to implement a First Episode Pilot Program (New Journeys) in Yakima County.

New Journeys clinical teams work to achieve the following:

  • Identify people who are experiencing psychosis as early as possible;
  • Establish a trusting relationship based on respect and genuine belief in the person's ability;
  • Provide a comprehensive and accurate assessment of the person's medical condition, strengths, goals and needs;
  • Stabilize the person's symptoms and living situation;
  • Preserve the person's family and informal support;
  • Help the person and family develop the skills, knowledge and social support needed to be successful in managing the condition in the long-run;
  • Successfully transition young people to ongoing supports and services in the community.

Who do we serve?

  • Ages 15-25
  • Lives in Yakima County
  • Experiencing symptoms lasting no longer than 12 months
  • Not already receiving treatment for psychosis
  • Symptoms not known to be caused by a medical condition or drug use
Comprehensive Mental Health

What does New Journeys offer?

New Journeys is based on current research. Services are available without regard for ability to pay and include:

  • Multi-Family Group Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Educational & Vocational Support

Make a referral:

Contact Comprehensive Healthcare and ask for New Journeys
(509) 575-4084

PSYCHOSIS IS TREATABLE. Many people recover from a first episode of psychosis and never experience another psychotic episode.

Benefits of Early Intervention:

  • More rapid recovery and better prognosis
  • Reduced secondary problems (such as depression and isolation) and work/school disruption
  • Retention of social skills and support
  • Decreased need for hospitalization
  • Reduced family disruption and distress
  • Less treatment resistance and lower risk of relapse

Psychosis is a medical condition that affects the brain where there is some loss of contact with reality

  • A first episode of psychosis usually occurs in teens or early adult life
  • Psychosis affects males and females equally
  • Approximately 3% of all individuals experience an episode of psychosis in their lifetime
  • Psychosis has no boundaries and occurs across all cultures and levels of status
  • Young people who have a relative with psychosis or schizophrenia have an increased risk
  • The experience and symptoms of psychosis varies greatly from person to person

Possible signs of psychosis

1. Reduced performance

  • Trouble reading or understanding complex sentences
  • Trouble speaking or understanding what others are saying
  • Becoming easily confused or lost
  • Trouble in sports or other activities that used to be easy (Example: can’t dribble basketball or pass to team members)
  • Attendance problems related to sleep or fearfulness

2. Behavior changes

  • Extreme fear for no apparent reason
  • Uncharacteristic actions or statements that make no sense
  • Impulsive and reckless behavior (giving away all belongings, etc.)
  • New, bizarre beliefs
  • Incoherent or bizarre writing
  • Extreme social withdrawal
  • Decline in appearance and hygiene
  • Dramatic change in sleep (sleeping rarely or all the time)
  • Dramatic changes in eating behavior

3. Perceptual changes

  • Fear that others are trying to hurt them
  • Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells or touch
  • Making statements like "my brain is playing tricks on me"
  • Hearing voices or other sounds that others don't
  • Reporting visual changes (colors more intense, faces distorted, lines turned wavy)
  • Racing thoughts
  • Feeling like someone else is putting thoughts into their brain or that others are reading their thoughts

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