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”


Signs and Symptoms of Psychosis

The first symptoms of psychosis can be very difficult for people to spot. Watch to find out how the Early Treatment Program can help.

Early treatment matters most

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 for families. But, recovery is possible! 

Combining compassion and innovation

The Early Treatment Program creates a positive healing environment that guides youth toward recovery. ETP clients benefit from meeting peers their own age who are dealing with very similar circumstances. Treatment and therapy takes place in warm and welcoming environments where each individual and their family can focus on getting better.

The care team develops a personalized treatment path for each individual in collaboration with the patient and family. Thanks to this culture of open communication and shared decision-making, Early Treatment Program clients are able to take charge of their symptoms and begin their road to recovery.

Making the first call

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

To reach out, call (718) 470-8888 or email us.

Take a look at the Early Treatment Program patient experience section to learn more about what you can expect during your first meeting.


The Early Treatment Program offers convenient locations on Long Island and New York City:

The Zucker Hillside Hospital
75-59 263rd St.
Glen Oaks, New York 11004
(718) 470-8888

Lenox Hill Hospital
100 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10075
(212) 434-2830

Our partners

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.
  • National Psychosis Prevention Council - 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

Professional resources

If you are interested in developing a first episode psychosis program like ETP, please contact us or refer to the manuals below:

Hear from our patients

Juan's Story

"I feel the Early Treatment Program is the best way to go... They treat you as a friend - as someone they care about."