2019 California Code
Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC
PART 3.4 - Early Psychosis Intervention Plus (EPI PLUS) Program
Section 5835.


(a) This part shall be known, and may be cited, as the Early Psychosis Intervention Plus (EPI Plus) Program to encompass early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention.

(b) As used in this part, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) “Commission” means the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission established pursuant to Section 5845.

(2) “Early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention” refers to a program that utilizes evidence-based approaches and services to identify and support clinical and functional recovery of individuals by reducing the severity of first, or early, episode psychotic symptoms, other early markers of serious mental illness, such as mood disorders, keeping individuals in school or at work, and putting them on a path to better health and wellness. This may include, but is not limited to, all of the following:

(A) Focused outreach to at-risk and in-need populations as applicable.

(B) Recovery-oriented psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy focusing on cooccurring disorders.

(C) Family psychoeducation and support.

(D) Supported education and employment.

(E) Pharmacotherapy and primary care coordination.

(F) Use of innovative technology for mental health information feedback access that can provide a valued and unique opportunity to assist individuals with mental health needs and to optimize care.

(G) Case management.

(3) “County” includes a city receiving funds pursuant to Section 5701.5.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 414, Sec. 2. (AB 1315) Effective January 1, 2018.)

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