PREP is an early-intervention treatment program for schizophrenia and early psychosis which uses a strength-based roster of services to create a 2-year plan designed specifically to put families back on track.
The program has two major components, both of which are critical to creating a countywide system of effective intervention. First is a public education campaign designed to reduce stigma, provide hope to people struggling with the disease, educate the public and frontline service providers about the warning signs of psychosis, and inform the public about the existence of the PREP Program as a major resource. Second is a comprehensive, rigorous, and client/family-centered array of services designed to reduce and control symptoms of serious mental illness associated with psychosis, restore cognitive capacity damaged by the disease, and promote community reintegration. Although there is no known cure for psychosis, our goal is stable remission that will allow the individual to live a normal, prosperous, and fulfilling life.
PREP’s mission is to deliver comprehensive, conscientious and multi-faceted treatment grounded in wellness, recovery and resilience to people experiencing signs and symptoms of psychosis, as well as their families.
To transform the treatment and perception of psychosis – and by extension the lives of young people and their families - by intervening early with evidence-based, culturally competent assessment and diagnosis so that in 5 years most cases of psychosis are treated to remission.
The Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) program is a community partnership between The University of California, The Family Services Agency of San Francisco, The Mental Health Association of San Francisco, Sojourner Truth Foster Family Service Agency, Larkin Street Youth Services, and Child Crisis Community Behavioral Health Services - Department of Public Health. (link to collaborative?)
Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) was born in 2006 as a partnership between Family Service Agency of San Francisco and the University of California San Francisco. PREP was established with a commitment among the partners that they would seamlessly integrate a number of evidence-based practices that had demonstrated their effectiveness in addressing the needs of individuals experiencing early psychosis. The partnership was formed with no committed funding but with a vision of what could be done by relying upon research and the experience of other exemplary programs to guide the way.
After months of research, the PREP model was created. It borrowed from effective programs operating in England, Australia, Maine, and Oregon. Initially utilizing funding from the Gap, Wells Fargo, Margoes Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust and support from Family Service Agency’s annual fund, the PREP Program began delivering services in 2007-08. Since its founding, PREP has expanded the number of people and families served by receiving Mental Health Services Act funding in San Francisco and is now the most comprehensive treatment program for early psychosis west of the Eastern Seaboard.
San Francisco County, 6221 Geary Ave, San Francisco, CA
Alameda County 1814 Franklin Ave, Oakland, CA
San Mateo County, 1108 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA
For a more detailed program summary, please click here