The First Episode Psychosis Program (FEPP) was first funded in 2014 by using 5% of each states Mental Health block grants to create a budget. A block grant is federal money given to states with general specifications to provide certain types of services statewide. FEPP was designed to serve transitional youth, which was defined as youth ages 15-25, experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The budget was increased to 10% of each state’s block grant in 2015.
A part of the FEPP program is the Early Psychosis Initiative (EPI), which was begun as a public education tool about early experiences of psychosis and highlights symptoms, treatments available and the importance of accessing care early. Public education is important as it helps raises and spread awareness of psychosis and decreases stigma related to mental health issues as well as providing guidance on how to access help for self and loved ones. Materials have been disseminated state wide to various community supports and members, including community mental health, schools, law enforcement, etc.
The above information is from DSHS HERE
3 in 100 people will exhibit signs of psychosis, usually appearing between 15 to 30 years of age and impacting both men and women equally. Psychosis does respond to treatment, and the sooner treatment is accessed the better the response to treatment. Early intervention improves symptom control and outcomes.
For further information please explore the resources below.
Signs of early psychosis, information and treatment resources, Get Help Early video:
WA State Department of Social and Health Services early psychosis fact sheet: CLICK HERE
WA State Department of Social and Health Services psychosis booklet: CLICK HERE