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Experiencing confusing feelings or thoughts can be scary at any age, especially in your adolescent and young adult years. The Early Treatment Program is here to help teens and young adults who are experiencing psychotic symptoms for the first time. 

About the program

The Early Treatment Program (ETP) is a unique and innovative program specifically designed for teenagers and young adults who are experiencing psychotic symptoms for the first time.

Symptoms may include things like:

  • Feeling suspicious or paranoid of others
  • Having unusual thoughts or trouble thinking
  • Unusual or odd behavior
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Hearing or seeing things that others don’t
  • Major changes in eating or sleeping
  • Prolonged periods of feeling “high” or overly happy/outgoing
  • Extreme irritability, agitation, feeling “jumpy” or “wired”

Early treatment makes a difference

The beginning stage of a psychotic illness like schizophrenia is a critical time. Studies show that early intervention provides our best hope for reducing symptoms and improving long-term outcomes. When a healthy young person begins hearing voices, feeling suspicious, or losing control of thoughts and actions, it can be very a scary and difficult experience, both for the individual and their family. Thankfully, recovery is possible!

Making the first call

Whether you're experiencing symptoms yourself or are looking to get help for a friend or family member, confronting mental illness can be hard. But the sooner care starts, the sooner recovery can begin. 

Our partners

The Early Treatment Program is modeled after the National Institute of Mental Health’s early psychosis initiative and works in collaboration with: 

  • OnTrackNY—A unique early psychosis intervention program developed by the New York state office of mental health.
  • Strong 365—An organization dedicated to accelerating awareness and expansion of early intervention treatment and research.
  • Fountain House College Reentry Program—The only private, non-clinical program to help young adults, who have had to suspend their education due to a mental health crisis, return to college with confidence.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness NYC chapter—A grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness.
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