If someone you know is experiencing some of these symptoms, you can get help. Research shows that the longer psychosis goes untreated, the harder it is to control. Talk to your doctor. You can also call the Washington Recovery Helpline at 1-866-789-1511 or the Behavioral Health Organization in your area.
The New Journeys Network launched two new sites in December 2016!
The University of Washington’s Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP), along with the state DSHS Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery - DBHR are excited to announce they’ve added two new Demonstration Sites to the New Journeys Network. New Journeys is the name for Washington’s transdisciplinary team-based approach to treating adolescents and young adults experiencing symptoms of first episode psychosis - FEP. The new pilot sites will be implemented at Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care, from the King County Behavioral Health Organization - BHO and Behavioral Health Resources, from the Thurston/Mason BHO. These new sites join Comprehensive Healthcare of Yakima, the state’s original New Journeys team established in July 2015.
The New Journeys program provides comprehensive treatment to youth and young adults who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Clients receive help with identifying their personal goals and needs for recovery that will allow them to succeed at their job, school, home and other areas of life.
Multidisciplinary Coordinated Care
This is accomplished through the collaborative work that the treatment team performs with the client, family, doctors, teachers, employers and other significant people in the client’s life. The collaborative work includes providing information on the client’s psychosis, and information on ways to reduce the barriers to the client successfully engaging in treatment and recovery.
The New Journeys Recovery Team includes:
Family Educations Program - FEP – the goal of the FEP is to support the family in their goal of improving the client’s situation.
Individual Resiliency Training - IRT – The IRT Clinician utilizes module-based interventions that are geared toward assisting the client in multiple areas of development.
Supportive Employment and Education - SEE – The SEE Specialist assists the client in identifying educational, work and career goals, and provides the necessary supports to assist the client.
Peer Support Specialist – Peers embody the recovery process as they have experience and knowledge on living with mental health issues and successfully recovering from them.
Case Manager – The Case Manager assists to ensure the client stays better engaged with appointments and other basic daily living needs.
Medical Prescriber (Psychiatrist) – The Psychiatrist provides psychopharmacological treatment and education to the client and the client’s family.
Core Components of the New Journeys Program:
- Community outreach and education
- The utilization of low-dosage medication
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - CBT for psychosis
- Motivational Interviewing
- Individual Resiliency Training - IRT
- Skills training
- Substance Use Disorder counseling
- Supported employment and education case management
- Family psychoeducation
- Primary care coordination
- Peer Support
- 24 hour/day and 7 day/week crisis line
For more information about the referral and intake process please visit the New Journey’s website in your area, or contact the Behavioral Health Organization for your county:
If you or someone you know is experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911.
For the Suicide Prevention Life Line: 1-800-273-8255, TTY Users 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
For all other mental health crises, please call the Behavioral Health Organization crisis line for your county.
FREE 2-hour Online Training: QPR for Psychosis - Now Available to Mental Health Professionals, serving transition-age youth, between the ages of 15-25. Visit the QPR Information Page to learn more.
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For You, Family, and Friends
Voices of Recovery Video Series is a series of 24 vignettes of consumers and family members. The videos share inspirational and informative recovery stories on a variety of topics. A manual is also available to help integrate the videos into treatment and training.
- Recovery Library
- QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention and Psychosis Identification
- National Institute of Mental Health (RAISE, OnTrack NY, and NAVIGATE Program Manuals)
- Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Schizophrenia
- Early Assessment and Support Alliance National Webinar Series and Resources