JFSA set to launch first-of-its-kind treatment program for schizophrenia

February 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

JFSA’s Ascentia has been chosen to partner with the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County (ADAMHS Board), and the BeST Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment Center at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) to create FIRST Cuyahoga County, a comprehensive early identification and treatment program for individuals experiencing an initial episode of a psychotic illness.  JFSA was the only agency selected for this program and will start in March.

Intensive intervention as soon as possible following a first episode of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder is very important.  Emerging studies suggest that early and aggressive treatment enables a faster, more complete recovery from schizophrenia at considerably lower costs than customary treatment.

“FIRST Cuyahoga County is a recovery-oriented treatment that focuses on helping the individual and the family,” says Debbie Chickering, Executive Director of Ascentia. “Shared decision making, resiliency training, and staying engaged in life are important components of program.” The program will include case management, employment and family support.

For more information on the program, please contact Debbie Chickering at 216-504-6421. 

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