Thanks to our research grants, all assessments and treatment services are free of charge. Youth are reimbursed for their participation in assessments.
Once CAPPS is contacted, a free initial evaluation is scheduled within a few weeks. The Structured Interview for Prodromal Syndromes is conducted during the initial evaluation and lasts approximately 2.5 hours. Through this evaluation (often combined with information from outside providers), we determine if the youth is at risk for psychosis.
If the youth is considered at risk for psychosis, they are invited back to CAPPS to be part of the larger 2 year long program. Assessment services are all free and include clinical, psychosocial, and neuropsychological assessments conducted every two to six months to closely monitor symptoms and functioning. Findings and recommendations are shared with outside treatment providers to aid in treatment planning, school advocacy and crisis intervention. Participants will be offered adjunct services including frequent and intensive evaluations, including diagnostic and neuropsychological assessments, psychoeducation, treatment planning (including services from CAPPS and the community), case management, and referral services. All services are provided free of charge.
Mental health problems are often like physical problems; the sooner they receive treatment, the better. The longer illness is left untreated, the greater the disruption to the person’s ability to study, work, make friends and interact comfortably with others.