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.
Historically, the PEI program used a framework that provided guidance concerning key mental health needs and priority populations. The framework was grounded in the internationally recognized Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Framework and was provided by the California Department of Mental Health in 2007 through Information Notice
07-19 (DMH-IN 07-19). The IOM Framework, as related to PEI, describes a continuum of interventions that align with the severity of the population being served, ranging from activities targeting groups with no known risk for the development of a behavioral health condition to those experiencing the first onset of a serious mental illness, including psychosis.
On October 6, 2015, updated PEI Component Regulations became effective. The updated regulations were designed by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) and changed the framework and structure of the PEI component as compared to the guidance received via DMH-IN 07-19. There are currently six (6) State-Defined Prevention and Early Intervention Programs by which PEI programs are categorized.
Stigma and Discrimination Reduction:
Outreach for Increasing Recognition of Early Signs of Mental Illness:
Access and Linkage to Treatment:
- Preschool PEI Program
- Resilience Promotion in African- American Children
- Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE)
- Older Adult Community Services
Both Prevention and Early Intervention: