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H.O.P.E – Early Psychosis Intervention (14 to 35)

H.O.P.E – Early Psychosis Intervention (14 to 35)

H.O.P.E is an Early Psychosis Intervention Program (EPI) offered throughout York Region and South Simcoe. The H.O.P.E. team helps young adults who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis get their lives back on track and stay well. Our team includes health care professionals from many disciplines: nurses, case managers, social service workers, social workers, peer support workers, family workers, occupational therapists and psychiatrists. The program is client-centred and recovery-oriented and works to promote early identification and treatment of psychosis. The program helps individuals achieve their goals at work, at school and within their social networks, minimizing the impact of the psychosis.

Who is This Program Intended For?

  • Individuals between the ages of 14 and 35
  • Residents of York Region or South Simcoe
  • Experiencing symptoms of psychosis within the context of a primary psychotic disorder
  • Have received either no treatment for psychosis or 6 months or less of treatment for psychosis
  • Duration of untreated psychosis has been 3 years or less

Note: Eligibility will be determined by H.O.P.E. clinical team as per Provincial standards. Admission decisions are based on considerations that include: admission criteria, current caseload status, staff capacity, ability to manage risk in the community.

Contact Us to Register for Support

Call Central Intake at 1.866.345.0183, ext. 3321

Intake assessment will be done by the central intake worker and an assessment will be done by the H.O.P.E clinical team.

The H.O.P.E Early Psychosis Intervention Program Offers

  • Psychiatric: clients meet with the psychiatrist on a regular basis to monitor symptoms, to look at options for medication, and to promote recovery
  • Nursing: nurses will carry out medical duties related to client care. Liaising with client pharmacies, family doctors, and referring hospitals, the nurse supports clients by monitoring side effects, providing injections, and documenting medical records
  • Case management: every client in the program is assigned a primary case manager. The case manager works with the client to develop goals to improve their mental health and work toward recovery. These goals might include coping skills to manage symptoms, addressing substance use issues, safety planning, helping the youth to reconnect with school or employment, and to recover an overall quality of life that is meaningful and satisfying
  • Family support: within the program, family members, close friends, and anyone else who is important to the youth are considered part of the treatment team.
  • Family Education Support
  • Peer support: working with those who have lived experience and can share their personal recovery story
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Groups and Recreation: H.O.P.E team offers educational workshops as well as fun outings.
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