Prevention & Early Intervention
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.
Prevention and Early Intervention programs are implemented in collaboration with other systems and organizations. They are delivered in natural community settings. The programs offer various prevention activities as well as short term community counseling. All programs work to link individuals in need of additional services to appropriate mental health agencies, primary care providers, grassroots organizations or local agencies for additional services as necessary.
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.
These programs are designed to engage, educate, and train individuals about ways to recognize and respond effectively to the early signs of severe and disabling mental illness.