Preventing Psychosis in Young People

The Promise of Early Identification and Care

The goal of the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP) is to educate families and those who routinely interact with at-risk youth—teachers, mental health professionals, and doctors—about key signs to look for in young people to identify and prevent psychosis before it starts.

The Portland-based national program office of the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP) was launched in 2006 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  EDIPPP has been collecting evidence from six sites around the country on the effects of its early identification and treatment model, which focuses heavily on pro-active community. The goal is to educate families and those who routinely interact with at-risk youth—teachers, mental health professionals, and doctors—about key signs to look for in young people to identify and prevent psychosis before it starts.


A Promising Landscape Ahead

EDIPPP results will help demonstrate that it’s time to apply a new model of prevention to severe mental illness," says EDIPPP Director Bill McFarlane.