Prevention & Early Intervention Programs
Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program services are intended to implement strategies to prevent mental illness from becoming severe and disabling, emphasizing improvement to timely access to services for underserved populations. Strategies and activities are implemented early on to deter the onset of mental health conditions or relapse among individuals and to change community conditions that contribute to risk factors for developing behavioral or mental health issues.
Since 2008 and with stakeholder input, thirteen (13) PEI programs have been developed and implemented. Prevention and Early Intervention programs are designed to allow participants to access services in natural settings where individuals might go for other non-mental health services or activities. Based on these access points, programs have been categorized to fit within three initiatives: school-based initiatives, community-based initiatives, and system enhancement initiatives.
School-based Initiative programs include:
- Student Assistance Program (SAP)
- Preschool PEI Program
- Resilience Promotion in African-American Children (RPiAAC)
Community-based Initiative Programs include:
- Promotores de Salud/Community Health Workers (PdS/CHW)
- Family Resource Centers (FRC)
- Native American Resource Center
- National Curriculum and Training Institutes (NCTI)® Crossroads Education Program