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Early psychosis

Psychotic disorders rarely emerge suddenly. Most often, the symptoms evolve and become gradually worse over a period of months or even years.

Early intervention with evidence-based treatment decreases the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP), improving outcomes over a lifetime, resulting in reduced healthcare costs, and improved quality of life for individuals and their families.

New Journeys coordinated specialty care

New Journeys coordinated specialty care (NJ CSC) is a treatment curated to meet the needs of those experiencing a first episode of psychosis with treatment services of a higher intensity than those offered in regular outpatient settings. Treatment provides evidence-based health and recovery support interventions for youth and young adults when first diagnosed with psychosis.

How does NJ CSC work?

NJ CSC services are delivered by multi-disciplinary mental health professionals who work as a team and provide the treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for individuals to achieve their own goals.

The service array is provided on an outpatient basis with options for home and community settings, based on the individual’s own needs and what they identify as helping them achieve a more meaningful life.

Service components include:

  • Individual and/or group psychotherapy
  • Supported employment and education
  • Family psychoeducation and support
  • Psychiatry
  • Peer support

New Journeys through video

Learn about New Journeys through a series of short videos from Washington's Center of Excellence.

Hear from providers

New Journeys locations

New Journeys is currently available in the following areas:

For more information, visit the New Journeys website.

New Journeys eligibility criteria

Age range

15-40 years old

Diagnosis

  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophreniform disorder
  • Brief psychotic disorder
  • Delusional disorder
  • Other specified schizophrenia spectrum
  • Other psychotic disorder

Duration of illness /
Onset of illness

  • Greater than or equal to (>) 1 week
  • Less than or equal to (<) 2 years

Exclusionary criteria

A current Diagnosis of:

  • Mood disorder with psychotic features
  • Pervasive developmental disorder and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Psychotic disorder due to another medical condition
  • Substance/Medication induced psychotic disorder

Documented IQ of less than (<) 70

Early intervention treatment manuals and toolkits

Mysteries of the brain training modules