The Slaight Centre
Early Intervention Service is a patient- and family-centered outpatient program
for youth experiencing a first episode of major mental illness with
psychosis. The program integrates the following former clinics and services: First Episode Psychosis
Clinic, Home Intervention Service, Mood
and Anxiety Early Intervention Clinic, and Learning Employment Advocacy
Recreation Network (LEARN).
The program’s goal is to
improve outcomes for youth with psychosis through early identification, intervention, and treatment tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, based
on emerging best practices in clinical care and research.
What is psychosis?
Psychosis happens when
a person loses contact with reality and cannot tell the difference between what
is real and what is not. Psychosis usually develops in a person's late teens or
early twenties. Approximately three out of every 100 people will have a
psychotic episode in their lifetime. Psychosis is treatable.
Assessment and Comprehensive Coordinated
Psychosis can cause acute distress and confusion in a young person, as well as for
their family and friends. For many reasons there can be a long delay before a
young person manages to access appropriate treatment. This delay can significantly impact the
development of skills necessary for achieving independent living, having adult
relationships, and developing careers.
Early intervention with the focus on specialized interventions and
recovery improves recovery outcomes and reduces the negative effects of this
The Slaight Centre outpatient service is a youth-friendly
program that provides an easily accessible, stigma-free model of care to young
people that meets their specific developmental needs. Our services include initial
consultation and assessment; individualized medication treatment; family and
patient education; management of symptoms; support and counselling; ongoing
risk assessments; and support for employment and education. Interventions
selected are appropriate to the stage of illness and development needs of the individual.
We accept people:
- Between 16–29
years of age
psychosis, with either an affective and non-affective disorder
- Who have
not previously received a full course of early intervention services
For ongoing care,
after initial assessment, we may suggest services closer to home, since early
intervention services in Ontario are offered in geographic catchments.
A referral from your
family doctor, pediatrician or psychiatrist is required.
To access the service,
please contact Access CAMH, the centralized intake service at CAMH.
Access CAMH: 416-535-8501, press 2
New referrals can be
faxed to Access CAMH 416-979-6815 using the CAMH referral form.
Location: 250 College
Street, 7th floor, Toronto, ON