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New Journeys / First Episode Psychosis / EPIC

The New Journeys program is focused on providing critically needed comprehensive treatment to individuals who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Treatment services are provided through a team of mental health staff focused on assisting clients with identifying their personal goals and needs for recovery that will allow them to return to functioning well at their job, school, home, and other areas of life.


This is accomplished through the collaborative work that the treatment team performs with the client, family, doctors, teachers, employers, and other significant people in the client’s life. The collaborative work includes providing information on the client’s psychosis and information on ways to reduce the barriers to the client successfully engaging in treatment and recovery.

Core Components of the Program:

  • Community outreach and education

  • Utilization of low-dosage medication

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis

  • Motivational interviewing

  • Individual resiliency training

  • Skills training

  • Supported employment and education

  • Case management

  • Family psychoeducation

  • Primary care coordination

  • Peer support

New Journeys Eligibility:

  • Experiencing a first episode of psychosis

  • Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective, schizophreniform, or other psychotic disorder

  • Be between the ages 15-40

  • Be a resident of King County

  • Have no history of developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, or traumatic brain injury

First Episode Psychosis (Early Psychosis Integrative Care) Eligibility:


  • Experiencing a first episode of psychosis

  • Have a diagnosis of bipolar, schizophrenia, schizophreniform, or other mood or psychotic disorder.

  • Be between the ages of 15–26

  • Be a resident of King or Snohomish counties

Recovery Team:

  • Family Educational Specialist (FE): The FE provides the family with information regarding diagnosis and treatment. They also support the family and the client throughout treatment.

  • Individual Resiliency Trainer (IRT): The IRT uses varying interventions to help identify clients’ strengths and resiliency factors for recovery, as well as develop coping mechanisms.

  • Supportive Employment and Education (SEE): The SEE assists the client in identifying educational, work, and career goals, and provides the necessary support in those areas.

  • Peer Support Specialist: The Peer Support Specialist is an individual who has lived experience with mental health symptoms and can provide additional support by discussing personal struggles and how to work through them.

  • Case Manager: The Case Manager helps the client stay engaged with appointments and other basic daily living needs.

  • Medical Prescriber (Psychiatric ARNP): The Psychiatric ARNP provides psychopharmacological treatment and education to the client and their family.

Insurance Information:

EPIC and New Journeys accept Medicaid, Medicare, commercial insurance and individuals with no insurance coverage.

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