EPICENTER is a community mental health program offering specialized treatment for persons early in the course of a psychotic illness, such as Psychosis NOS, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features. Signs of these illnesses can include trouble with reality testing, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, disorganization, odd behavior or thinking, isolating emotional changes, and difficulty with work or school. Our mission is to support our members, reduce the impact of early psychosis through symptom alleviation, and reintegration into their community. At EPICenter our members and their family have the opportunity to discuss their concerns, receive evidence-based specific treatment, get help with educational and professional goals, and be part of a supportive community.
Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter)
Director of Community Outreach & Clinical Development.
Banner - University Medicine Whole Health Clinic
535 N. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85711
Appointment Phone: (520) 694-1234
EPICENTER Director: Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD
For more information about the program please contact Dr. Perez at 520-694-1784 or at Gustavo.Perez@bannerhealth.com
How EPICENTER Can Help
As with physical illness, treatment early in the course of a mental illness, such as psychosis, can lead to better outcomes. The longer the illness is left untreated, the greater the disruption to the person's ability to meet the demands of transition into adulthood: school, work, meeting new people and becoming independent.
EPICENTER aims to reduce the impact of early psychosis through symptom alleviation and reintegration back into the community. At EPICENTER, people have the opportunity to discuss their concerns, get practical support and participate in research studies.
- Clinical Evaluations & Assessments
- Family Education & Support
- Cognitive Behavioral, Individual & Group, Therapy
- Medication Management
- Cognitive Remediation
- Supported Employment & Education
- Community Education & Training
Benefits of Phase-Specific Care
The goal of specialized, phase-specific care is to maximize engagement and shorten the period of untreated psychosis.
By tailoring the interventions to this age group, we hope to facilitate greater community reintegration and return of previous functioning.
Individuals ages 15-35 who are early in the course of a psychotic illness and are willing to travel to EPICENTER for clinical services are eligible to participate. Additionally, individuals must have a family member who is willing to participate in the family education and support program.
We accept AHCCCS and most private insurance plans. If you are uninsured, you can meet with one of our navigators to determine how you can access our services.
Gustavo Perez, PhD
Lead Psychologist at EPICenter
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry