Early Assessment & Support Alliance (EASA)

Early Assessment & Support Alliance (EASA)

The Early Assessment and Support Alliance is a network of programs and individuals across Oregon who are focused on providing rapid identification, support, assessment and treatment for teenagers and young adults who are experiencing the early signs of psychosis. EASA is designed as a transitional program, with the goal of providing the education and resources the person needs to be successful in the long-term. Most individuals participate in EASA for about two years, although that time frame varies. The program continues to evolve based on feedback, experience and availability of new methods. For example, EASA is now integrating methodology from evidence-based “toolkits” developed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). Toolkits being implemented by EASA include multi-family groups, illness management and recovery, dual diagnosis treatment (chemical dependency and psychosis), and supported employment.” (http://www.easacommunity.org)