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Frequently asked questions about the First-episode and Early Psychosis program and why it’s vital to get help early on.
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1. What does FEPP stand for?
FEPP stands for First-episode and Early Psychosis Program
2. Who is it for?
FEPP is a program designed for people between the age of 15 and 40 who are either experiencing psychosis for the first time or who have been recently diagnosed with psychosis and have been taking antipsychotic medication for less than six months. We believe good quality treatment requires fairly close contact between the patient, family and treatment team, therefore, we can only offer treatment to patients in the greater Boston area.
3. What do we do?
Our aims are to: reduce delays in accessing appropriate treatment, facilitate a comprehensive and rapid evaluation, provide evidence-based phase-specific interventions for eligible patients and offer opportunities for research-based enhanced clinical care.
4. How do I arrange an assessment?
Call 617-724-7792. A staff member/clinician will contact you to get specific information which will help guide appropriate treatment or referral.
5. What can I expect?
You can expect to be treated with dignity, respect, and care at all times by our expertly trained team. A member of staff will promptly return your call and assess if our program is the right one for you or your family member’s needs. If it appears as though this might be the case, you will be offered our next available appointment for a comprehensive assessment.
6. What are phase-specific interventions?
Research has shown that appropriate treatment delivered at the early stages of illness has a huge impact on how well a person does in the long term. Treatments such as medication, psychological therapy and family education directed towards this early phase are offered by FEPP.
7. What is research-based enhanced clinical care?
A large part of our program is a federally funded research study which enables us to offer enhanced diagnostic evaluation in addition to clinical care. Individuals who elect to participate in research receive repeated state-of-the-art neuroimaging, neuropsychological testing, and evaluation of novel biomarkers as part of their diagnostic assessment. In addition, research participants are provided individual therapy and family education with a psychologist with expertise in first-episode psychosis on a weekly basis for four months and monthly thereafter for one year.
8. How long can I be treated in FEPP?
We have the capacity to offer specialized treatment for 2 years in FEPP. After 2 years, we will work with each person on an individual basis to determine the best available treatment option on a case-by-case basis.
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