Coordinated specialty care is designed to meet the needs of people with early onset of psychosis. When a person first begins showing signs of psychosis, it’s important to identify the signs quickly and get help as soon as possible.
Signs of a first episode of psychosis, or early onset of psychosis:
- Feeling like they don’t know what’s going on around them and acting differently.
- Seeing things that no one else sees or hearing voices no one else can hear.
- Changing behavior drastically for reasons not apparent to others.
- Acting strangely or being afraid.
The person experiencing psychosis may or may not tell someone what’s happening. They may try to ignore what they see and hear, but it scares them. Parents, family and friends become confused and scared too. They may think the person is using drugs or just “acting out” to get attention, or perhaps totally withdrawing from everything.
While 24 is the average age to experience psychosis, the first episode can occur as early as 3 and as late as 68. Research shows that if a person gets the right help within the first year, such as through coordinated specialty care, there is a good chance they will learn to manage the illness and live a more normal life.
What Are the Benefits of Coordinated Specialty Care?
People with early onset psychosis can be frightened about what’s going on inside them and want to be the same person they were before the psychosis started. The services provided by coordinated specialty care can help them get their life back. They have the opportunity to stay connected to their family and friends, stay in school, get a good job and enjoy life instead of always worrying about feeling bad and being scared.
Who Is Eligible for Coordinated Specialty Care Services?
People 15 to 30 who have a psychotic disorder diagnosed within the past two years and who live in the service area of a coordinated specialty care program provider.
How Do I Get Coordinated Specialty Care Services?
- Contact your local mental health authority or local behavioral health authority.
- Call 2-1-1 and ask for the LMHA or LBHA in your area.
- Visit https://www.samhsa.gov/esmi-treatment-locator