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Child, Youth and Emerging Adult Service Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Slaight Centre Early Intervention Service (SCEIS)

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 Treatment Plan

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 condition. 

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
  • Experiencing 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

 

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