Early Assesment and Support Alliance (EASA)

Partnering for success in school and life

Early Intervention Leads to Greater Success

Psychosis is a common brain condition which, if untreated, prevents the person from being able to know what is real and what is not. Without help, young people with psychosis are at risk of school dropout, loss of social support, poverty, and more.

3 in 1000 INDIVIDUAL DEVELOP PSYCHOSIS, USUALLY BETWEEN AGES 12 TO 25

Early symptoms are often subtle, but can be the most disabiling. They affect young people;s ability to complete school work, interact socially, and accomplish daily task. With early intervention and appropriate support, most risk can be avoided and help young people lead successful lives.

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Who should I refer?

If a young person (age 12-25 and living in Wallowa County) is having new, significant, and worsening difficulties in several of the following areas, call us at (541) 426-0801 for a consultation:

PERCEPTUAL CHANGES

  • Fear that others are trying to hurt thme
  • Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells, or touch
  • Making statements like "my brain is playing tricks on me"
  • Hearing voices or other sounds that others do no
  • Reporting visual changes (e.g. colors more intense, face distorted, lines turned wavy)
  • Feeling like someone else is putting thoughts into their brain or that others are reading their thoughts

BEHAVIORAL CHANGES

  • Extreme fear for no apparent reason
  • Uncharacteristic and bizarre action statements
  • Impulsive and reckless behavior (e.g. giving away all belongings)
  • Dramatic changes in eating behavior
  • New, bizarre beliefs
  • Extreme social withdrawal
  • Decline in appearance and hygiene
  • Dramatic changes in sleep (e.g. sleeping almost not at all or all the time)

REDUCED PERFORMANCE

  • Trouble reading or understanding complex sentences
  • Becoming easily confused or lost
  • Trouble speaking or understanding what others are saying
  • Attendance problems related to sleep or fearfulness
  • Trouble in sports or other activities that used to be easy (example can not dribble a basketball or pass to team member)

Other guidelines to note:

  • no more than 12 months since diagnosed with a major psychotic disorder, if applicable
  • symptoms not know to be cause by a medical condition or drug use
  • IQ over 70 or not already receiving developmental disability services

You can make a difference

The Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) identifies youth with symptoms of psychosis as early as possible, and to provide the most effective support and treatment so they can be successful. Yet, we can't do that without your support. Early referral is key.

Talk to parents or other family members about what you observe. Call us for a consultation. Anyone can refer to EASA, or can call for an anonymous consultation. EASA can meet with the family at school, home, or any location.

DON'T WAIT, REFER TODAY! (541) 426-0801

Most young people will succeed in school, work, and life with early effective treatment and support.

Contact us at (541) 426-0801

EASA services are based on current research. They are available without regard to ability to pay. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, retaliation, sex (includes pregnancy-related conditions), or association with protected class. Services include:

  • Training and consultation for organizations and individuals
  • Outreach, specialized assessment, and linkages to appropriate care
  • Coaching to understand changes and help the young person succeed in school and elsewhere
  • For youth with ongoing symptoms not best treated elsewhere, an intensive two-year transitional program from a local team including medical professionals, counselors, occupational therapists, and school/work specialists
  • Family groups and peer support opportunities where people come together to learn relevant information and skills and to support each other

EASA is about continually improving the way Oregon responds to early symptoms of psychosis. The EASA Center of Excellence and its partners work at local, state and national levels to learn from emerging research and the experiences of EASA participants.

For more information, visit the EASA Website.

http://easa.pdx.edu/index.php
https://www.ohsu.edu/xd/
 https://www.pdx.edu/