Early Assessment Support Alliance
You may have a family member who has experienced psychosis or has even needed to be in the hospital. You may be feeling confused, worried, or shocked by your loved onesí recent behaviors. You are not alone. Options for Southern Oregon's Early Assessment Support Alliance (EASA) is here to offer support and try to answer questions you may have about what to expect.
What is psychosis?
The word psychosis refers to a state in which a person experiences some or all of the following:
∑ Confusion or difficulty organizing thoughts
∑ Trouble related to seeing or hearing something that others do not see or hear
∑ Becoming unusually fearful of others
∑ Significant and unhelpful changes in beliefs or sense of reality
∑ Troublesome changes in sleep or eating patterns
∑ Problems due to increased sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells, or touch
What causes psychosis?
There are many possible causes of psychosis, including: physical illness, drug use, trauma, prolonged insomnia, high levels of stress, and/or biological predisposition. The EASA team works with individuals whose psychosis may be diagnosed as a schizophrenia-related condition. Because every individualís experience is different, time is taken to identify the possible causes of the psychosis based on an individualized assessment. Psychosis can happen to anyone. It affects approximately 3 out of every 100 young people and a full recovery is possible.
What is EASA?
We work with transition aged youth, ages 15-25 for up to 2 years. It is common that each personís need for assistance will vary throughout these 2 years and that each personís recovery will ebb and flow. You should expect recovery to take time. Itís best to adjust your expectations based on the pace of your individual recovery.The stress-vulnerability model teaches that recovery is greatly affected by a personís stress level and EASA teaches program participants a wide variety of skills to better manage lifeís stressors.
During these 2 years EASA assists with each personís unique transitional needs. For some it will be transitioning to adulthood, for others it will be transitioning from education to employment, for others it will be into leadership roles. For most program participants, transition of some kind will remain a goal throughout their time with EASA.
EASA is an intensive transitional outpatient program and our team functions in a trans-disciplinary model where each team member is available to assist in meeting your goals.
Intensive outpatient means we provide weekly service to program participants (clients and their support system) from our office and the community . The frequency of your meetings depends on your needs at any given time. Each program participant works with a Case-Manager/Therapist who is responsible for your care. This EASA staff member is the person to call with any questions or concerns during their normal working hours.To start, you and your Case Manager will develop a Crisis Plan and a Treatment Plan based on your individual needs and goals. Then, as a trans-disciplinary program, a variety of team members may assist you with these goals.Often, the EASA team provides a lot of services to start then gradually encourages greater independence as time goes on.
Family Education Workshop: Each quarter EASA offers a full-day, interactive workshop for families to learn about psychosis and treatment.
Case Consulting/Counseling/Crisis Management: Individual, family, or group counseling focused on achieving your goals and supporting recovery.
Occupational Therapy: We work with you to find healthy, meaningful activities to keep your day structured and to develop social and creative outlets.
Supported Education & Employment: Ready to take on school, work, or volunteering? We support you in finding and setting up opportunities as well as exploring new paths.
Multi-Family Groups: Staying on the same page as family members and other supports can be a challenge. Groups meet twice per month to work on brainstorming and problem-solving skills. Come alone or with family members.
Health Services: Nursing staff can assist you with accessing medical and dental care and advise you on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Psychiatric Services; Our psychiatrists work with you to effectively utilize low-dose medication to manage symptoms and minimize side effects.
Alumni &Mentoring: Participants and family members can stay involved with EASA and learn to help others.
Please contact Tina at Options for Southern Oregon for more information: (541) 244-3138.
You may also contact easacommunity.org for more information.