FIRST is an evidence-based approach used in the early identification and treatment of first episode psychosis.

A component of The Centers’ new Specialized Treatment, Advocacy & Recovery Services (STARS) program for schizophrenia, FIRST emphasizes the importance of shared decision-making and considers each individual’s opinions and experiences. FIRST encourages family and support system involvement in treatment. Our program focuses on empowering individuals to make meaning of their experiences, pursue their goals, and work towards recovery. Under the right circumstances, anyone can experience psychosis. All individuals, no matter their experiences, should be treated with respect and not defined by labels or misleading stereotypes.

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Referrals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Between 15-30 years old.
  • Diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, other specified/unspecified schizophrenia spectrum disorder.
  • Experienced symptoms of psychosis for no more than 24 months.
  • Willing to participate in at least two services of your choosing: individual resiliency training, psychiatric care, case management, supported employment/education, and family psychoeducation.

What we offer:

  • Case Management 
  • Groups 
  • Individual Resiliency Training 
  • Peer Support Specialists 
  • Psychiatric Care 
  • Psychoeducation for Support Systems 
  • Supported Employment/ Education 

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We believe that people experiencing psychosis can live healthy, meaningful, and rewarding lives. We support this mission by developing programs that provide treatment and resources to those impacted by psychosis with a focus on early, integrated, and comprehensive care across a person’s lifetime.

East Office 4400 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44103


or 216-325-9150

216-373-2883 (Fax)

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