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Child and Family Focus supports transition-age youth who experience a first episode of psychosis

For many years, Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania (Magellan) has supported transition-age youth (TAY) specialty programs that promote recovery and resiliency. Magellan remains focused on the continued promotion of such programs in coordination with providers and county/community stakeholders.

About the First Episode Psychosis Program

One such example is led by Child and Family Focus. Their First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Program is a coordinated specialty care (CSC) approach to treating young people who have recently experienced their first episode of psychosis.

Array of services includes:
  • Low-dose medication management through a psychiatrist
  • Recovery oriented cognitive therapy
  • Family psychoeducation
  • Case management
  • Certified peer support services

Service coordination is guided by the young person’s voice and choice. FEP seeks to improve the quality of life of young people by instilling hope through empowerment to guide their own treatment, educating them about their psychosis, re-establishing relationships, and re-integrating them back into the community whether it is attending school or working. 

The FEP team consists of a director, psychiatrist, certified registered nurse practitioner, recovery oriented counselor, certified peer support specialist, supported education and employment specialist and a case manager. This team works with individuals to increase community tenure, meet clinical, education/employment goals and manage the coordination of care with all systems involved with the individual. Young people enrolled in the program are provided 24/7 crisis support for any mental health crises they may face.

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FEP seeks to improve the quality of life of young people by instilling hope through empowerment to guide their own treatment, educating them about their psychosis, re-establishing relationships, and re-integrating them back into the community whether it is attending school or working. 

Who's eligible?

  • The target population for this program is medical assistance-eligible people ages 15-30 with an IQ of 70 or above who have experienced their first episode of psychosis within the previous 18 months and have a diagnosis on the schizophrenia spectrum or have bipolar disorder with psychotic features.
  • FEP is primarily a community-based program, except for the medication management and psycho-educational groups. It is the mission of the program to meet the young people where they are to provide the needed services and encourage active engagement in their own communities.  
  • Child and Family Focus’ FEP currently serves young people in Delaware, Chester, and Lehigh Counties. Contact Meg Soring, director at msoring@childandfamilyfocus.org or 610-732-8683 to make a referral.

More information

To learn more about Magellan’s continuum of TAY focused programs, please contact Dana Lombardi at DMLombardi@MagellanHealth.com.

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