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Youth Early Psychosis

The Youth Early Psychosis (YEP) program provides an early intervention service for young people between 16 and 25 who are experiencing, or at risk of, a first episode of psychosis.

YEP services provide treatment and support over the crucial three-year period after psychotic symptoms first emerge, when relapse is most likely to occur. Interventions are multi-modal, phase-specific and evidence-based. Lower caseloads enable YEP clinicians to deliver more intensive case management and to provide consultation, education and training to other services.

The Youth Early Psychosis (YEP) program was established in 2003 as an innovative subspecialty within the Adult Mental Health Service. YEP services have close links with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, primary care services and other community services.

In 2006 the Action Agenda for Young Victorians identified the expansion of YEP services as one of the 'Top 40' whole-of-government actions to improve outcomes for young people. This strategic priority for the Government was achieved in 2008, when the statewide rollout of the YEP program was completed. Youth Early Psychosis services are now delivered from more than 25 sites across Victoria.

The document posted below provides further information about the Youth Early Psychosis program:

Youth Early Psychosis Status Report - March 2007 (PDF file 402KB)

This paper reviews the implementation of the YEP program from its pilot phase in 2003-04 to mid-2006.

Related Information
Future Directions: An Action Agenda for Young Victorians (External site)

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Last updated: 16 January, 2009
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