Removing Obstacles

When detected early, psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia can be highly treatable. Lenox Hill Hospital is pleased to offer a new early intervention program for adolescents and young adults dealing with such conditions.

The Early Treatment Program (ETP) at Lenox Hill Hospital, a sister site to the ETP at The Zucker Hillside Hospital, serves patients between the ages of 15 and 30 with fewer than six months of prior treatment for psychosis.

“Treating psychotic disorders in the early stages means patients see better results in their daily lives,” said Michael Birnbaum, MD, psychiatrist at the ETP at Lenox Hill Hospital. “When left untreated, these conditions can rob people of their ability to maintain healthy relationships, stay employed or excel at school.”

Support for Patients and Families

In the program, patients work with a social worker who provides evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy for psychosis, as well as a psychiatrist who provides low-dose medication management. In addition, the program offers supported employment and supported education to help participants identify job opportunities and further their education.

“Our services are individualized and tailored to each person and his or her specific needs and concerns,” said Beth Broussard, MPH, CHES, at the Early Treatment Program at Lenox Hill Hospital. “We also have a strong focus on families and their involvement during treatment.”

To speak with a mental health professional about Lenox Hill Hospital’s Early Treatment Program, call 212-434-3966.

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