South Island Child and Youth Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) is a specialized service that provides prompt support, collaboration, education and mental health assessment to South Island children up to their 17th birthday who appear to be experiencing a decline in function and have auditory/visual hallucinations and/or delusions that may indicate early psychosis. If problems are related to psychosis, intervention is most effective when it is started early.
Services may include:
- Initial Assessment by a South Island Child and Youth EPI clinician
- Psychiatric Assessment
- Medical and psychosocial treatments
- Outreach Support
- Community education
South Island Child and Youth Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) serves southern Vancouver Island as far as Sooke/Port Renfrew, the South Malahat, Sidney, and the Gulf Islands.
For EPI services available for young people 17 years and older and in other areas of Vancouver Island, visit the Mental Health and Substance Use Services website.
Referrals to the EPI Program, for 13 to 17 year olds, can be made by anyone, including the youth themselves, and are initiated by a phone call to the intake clinicians at 250-519-6794 or 250-519-6720. Examples of those who may be referred are youth who may be displaying bizarre behaviours or experiencing hallucinations (auditory/visual), thought disorders and/or delusions.
This service is physically located at the Anscomb Program at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health.