U of R launches early intervention mental health clinic. First-of-its-kind in Upstate New York

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The University of Rochester has a new clinical high-risk program for people at-risk of an imminent development of psychotic disorders. It’s a first-of-its-kind mental health clinic for Upstate New York.

INTERCEPT works with individuals and families to prevent the onset of a psychotic episode when possible, and improve outcomes, when not. The UR Medicine program follows a specialized care approach targeting 15 to 28-year-olds who present with the earliest signs of what may develop into a serious mental illness. Due to the impact of these conditions on the attainment of goals in school, work, relationships and independent living, early intervention is key, and can drastically impact the course of treatment, and quality of life.

“Like any illness, early identification and intervention leads to better outcomes,” said Dr. Silverstein, professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Ophthalmology at URMC. “Unfortunately, the tendency in mental health is to wait until there’s a crisis; that is, an initial psychotic episode. Yet, it’s far better for the patient if that can be avoided, and it often can.”

INTERCEPT located at 2613 West Henrietta Road in Rochester, is now accepting patients.

Learn more about INTERCEPT here.