What We Provide
The First Hope Program provides the best in evidence-based treatment and support for youth and families. We are a innovative treatment program that provides comprehensive diagnostic andtreatment services for Contra Costa County adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25, who are having significant psychological symptoms and a decrease in usual functioning, suggesting they may be at risk for developing psychosis. This period of time is referred to as “Clinical High Risk (CHR)”. We provide psychosocial intervention, supported education and employment, case management services and targeted medications, with the goals of early diagnosis, treatment, and disability prevention.
AssessmentYoung people and their families referred to the program will receive an initial interview and assessment to determine whether they are at risk for developing psychosis. The assessment is based on the Structured Interview for Psychosis-Risk Syndromes, developed by the Prevention through Risk Identification, Management and Education (PRIME) research team at Yale University. The results of this assessment will help us determine whether our program is the best treatment, or whether a referral to another program would be most helpful.
Family Aided Community Treatment (FACT) is an innovative treatment modality providing integrated, family-focused treatment and support services. FACT teams are multi-disciplinary and highly coordinated to provide intensive care targeted toward each client’s individual goals. The specialized expertise of each team member allows the program to respond flexibly to clients’ and families’ needs. By integrating the family as treatment partners, FACT increases the effectiveness of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) interventions. Outreach, in-home coaching, a coordinated treatment team approach, proactive and highly individualized treatment and rehabilitation planning, on-the-job training, frequent contact and site-specific job preparation are key elements of the model.