Who is Eligible?

Individuals who come to CAPPS have a wide range of concerns they wish to discuss, such as unusual thoughts and perceptions; increased depression; social anxiety; and greater difficulty with work, school, friends, and family. Individuals who are experiencing difficulty functioning and who have a family member with a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia are also considered to be at risk and are encouraged to contact us.

Referrals to CAPPS can be made by family physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and mental health professionals. If you have a client you think might be appropriate for CAPPS, you are welcome to call us for a consultation at (310) 206-3466. You may also give a brochure to the client or family and have them contact us directly. Individuals interested in help for themselves or someone they know may also contact us directly.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about CAPPS over the phone. Individuals (or their parent/legal guardian if between 12 and 17) who call and decide they’d like to participate are invited to come to our facility for an initial screening interview. This interview will determine whether you (or your child) are eligible for the CAPPS research program. The interview includes questions about your medical and psychological history. You will be asked to explain how things have been going for you lately and about any symptoms you may be experiencing.

It’s important for you to know that any information you tell us during the interview will remain confidential. You will be asked to sign a consent form before you participate in the screening interview explaining these procedures and making sure you understand your rights as a participant. 

Who is eligible?

Youth must be 12 to 30 years old and English Speaking. Parents can be Spanish Speaking. They can have other mental health diagnoses (in fact there commonly are comorbid illnesses such as ADHD, depressive and anxiety disorders, and autism). Youth can be on psychiatric medications for these other illnesses. 

Who is not eligible?

The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the CAPPS program:

  • Individuals who are under the age of 12 or over the age of 30;
  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, schizoaffective disorder, or delusional disorder;
  • Individuals who have experienced fully psychotic symptoms that started more than 3 months ago;
  • Individuals with IQ below 70;
  • Individuals with a serious neurological disorder (e.g. seizures);
  • Individuals who have had a major head injury with loss of consciousness.