Behavioral Health Department
Early Detection & Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis (EDIPP) (VIPS, ages 16-25)
VIPS provides confidential assessment and early assistance for young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are at risk for mental illness in West Ventura County. VIPS consists of a diverse clinical team trained to assess and treat young people experiencing the early warning signs of psychosis. The VIPS team assists young people and their families to build coping skills, reduce stress, and increase performance in all areas of the young person’s life. Consultations and assessments with trained professionals determine whether an individual could benefit from VIPS services. The VIPS team educates community members (staff at high schools and colleges, spiritual leaders, community centers, and nurse and physicians) about the early warning signs of psychosis and provides referral information to those individuals and organizations who help identify young people who are exhibiting these early symptoms; conduct confidential assessments specifically designed to identify risk for actual psychosis; and provide individualized treatment for the young person and his/her family. Treatment includes: multi-family groups, psycho-education, psychiatric/medication options, intensive case management; occupational therapy, education and employment support, and nursing services.
Since January 2011, VIPS has: made 251 outreach presentations; received 187 referrals, provided 52 evaluations identifying 44 individuals who could benefit from services. VIPS has had 41 active members (11 of which are Spanish speaking families) and currently serves 30 families. VIPs has connected many clients to employment opportunities (at least 65%), up to 41% were connected to volunteer work, and has maintained at least 65% in school, with as many as 67% graduating from high school. From 31% of clients having been hospitalized at least once upon entering the program and 10% having had at least 1 suicide attempt, VIPs clients have 0% psychiatric hospitalizations and zero suicide attempts while receiving services through VIPs.
Services and Supports:
The Best Practice Model is based upon the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) model and provides; multi-family problem-solving groups; Psycho-education workshops; How to get a Job Workshops; on-going family gatherings; and on-going "Kick-it" friends club.
To access mental health services, or for immediate help, please call 24/7 1-866-998-2243.