What is FIRST
What is FIRST Details
Many individuals with schizophrenia suffer needlessly, waiting months or even years, before being diagnosed and treated. It is critical to provide intensive intervention as soon as possible following a first episode of schizophrenia.
The FIRST program is a collaboration between the Best Evidence in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), CG&FS and Community Support Services Inc. It is a comprehensive treatment program for individuals who have had an initial episode of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder and reside in or near Summit County.
A team of mental health professionals offers treatments including medication management, individual resiliency training, education, and case management.
Program goals include:
- Improving individual and family functioning
- Reducing the chance of relapse
- Improving the long-term course of the illness
- Decreasing the overall cost of treatment on the mental health system
FIRST programs focus on helping people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders improve their recovery and resiliency, reduce relapse rates and set and achieve goals for the future.
FIRST treatment services include psychiatric care, individual counseling, family psychoeducation, supported employment/education and case management that are provided in an integrated manner by a six-person team.