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Psychosis, First Episode and Coordinated Specialty Care | Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Posted: October 5, 2021 at 6:11 pm


People who experience psychosis get better faster when they get help early on. With prompt treatment, they often do better in school, work, and their personal lives.

Psychosis describes conditions that affect the mind when there has been some loss of contact with reality. The signs and symptoms of psychosis include disordered thoughts and speech; extreme distrust of others; fixation on false beliefs; seeing, hearing, or feeling things others don't;and unusual thoughts or perceptions. People experiencing psychosis may be confused and frightened. It is important to talk with a health care provider as soon as symptoms are recognized.

Genetics, trauma, substance use, physical illness or injury, or mental health conditions can all contribute to psychosis. People ages 15 to 25 are most likely to have a first episode of psychosis.

The first time someone has psychotic symptoms is called the first episode of psychosis. Coordinated Specialty Care focuses on ensuring the person experiencing first episode psychosis has everything they need to recover. This model of care uses a team approach. A team of specialists works with the young person and their loved ones to develop the best treatment plan based on individual needs, which may include family education and support, medications, supported education and employment, and therapy.

Three programs in Wisconsin use Coordinated Specialty Care to treat people experiencing first episode psychosis. These programs are open to the residents of the counties listed below.

If your county is not listed above and you need help now, call your county crisis line, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255), or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

The resources below are for current providers of coordinated specialty care and those interested in using the model to treat people experiencing first episode psychosis.

Contact DHS staff with questions about offering coordinated specialty care for first episode psychosis.

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