Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS) specializes in identifying and treating adolescents and young adults (between the ages of 16 and 25) who are at high risk for developing major mental illness. Applicants for CAPPS services must show signs of possible psychosis (known as the “prodromal” phase). The CAPPS program aims to protect vulnerable youth in hopes that the full-blown illness does not develop. The program requires family involvement. Additional services include: medication, individual psychotherapy, family education and case management services. The program accepts Medi-Cal and has some funds for the uninsured.
Applicants for CAPPS will be screened for prodromal state symptoms (psychosis-risk phase). Youth with positive screening may participate in further assessment. Qualify-ing youth will be offered participation in Family Focused Treatment for Prodromal Youth. This treatment has been well studied and has been found effective in assisting youth at risk for psychosis decrease the dis-abling effects. Family participation is re-quired for treatment. Appropriate referrals and linkage will be offered to youth who do not meet criteria due more severe needs.
The following additional services are included:
- Multi-disciplinary assessment
- Psychiatric evaluations and medication management
- Referrals for other needs