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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.
How EPICenter Can Help
As with physical illness, treatment early in the course of 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.
- Clinical Evaluations & Assessments
- Family Education & Support
- Cognitive Behavioral, Individual & Group, Therapy
- Medication Management
- Cognitive Remediation
- Supported Employment & Education
- Community Education & Training
Who We Work With
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.
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.
Gustavo Perez, PhD
Lead Psychologist at EPICenter
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Office: (520) 694-1784, Gustavo.Perez@bannerhealth.com
Banner - University Medicine Whole Health Clinic
535 N. Wilmot Rd. Suite 201, Tucson, AZ 85711
EPICenter Director: Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD
For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Perez at (520) 694-1784 or email Gustavo.Perez@bannerhealth.com.
For Intake referrals please contact: Jesse Stone, (520) 694-1106 or Jesse.Stone@bannerhealth.com