Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA)  

Purpose:

The LifeWorks NW Early Assessment and Support Alliance Team (EASA) is committed to builidng relationships with individuals (age 15-25) with emerging symptoms of psychosis.  EASA provides the most effective support and treatment possible in order to prevent the potentially disabling impact of this psychiatric illness.  EASA also strives to support family members and educate the community to raise awareness of pscyhotic illnesses and reduce the stigma brought on by this condition.

What is psychosis?

Psychosis is a serious brain condition which, if untreated, can cause the person to become disorganized, fearful, unable to distinguish between what is real and what is not real, and neglect basic self care.  These syptoms can become seriously disabling without intervention.  They affect young people’s ability to complete schoolwork, interact socially, maintain employment and accomplish basic tasks of daily living.  Three out of every one hundred individuals develop psychosis, usually between the ages of 12 and 25. Early symptoms are often subtle, but can be effectively treated.

Common early symptoms include:

Changes to brain’s working memory and organizational ability,
Reduced ability to filter out information,
Significant decrease in basic self care and hygiene,
Sensory sensitivity.

Who will benefit from the program?

Teenagers and young adults who are experiencing or have experienced their first psychotic break within the past 12 months, their family members, friends and greater community that are engaged in their well-being.

Who can access EASA services?

Washington or Clackamas County residents, ages 15-25, IQ over 70 whose symptoms are clearly not resulting from drug use or a known medical condition.

Cost of program:

EASA services are available regardless of ability to pay.

With early, effective treatment and support, most young people will succeed in school, work and life.

DON’T WAIT – Call (503) 705-9999 or find EASA near you.

Clackamas County Oregon -
phone: 503-496-3201
email: easa.clackamas.co@lifeworksnw.org

Washington County Oregon -
phone: 503-641-1475
email: easa.washington.co@lifeworksnw.org

 

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