"Early intervention in the treatment and possible prevention of serious mental illnesses, including psychotic illness, is both an exciting possibility and imperative for our mental health system. Research has demonstrated that many, if not most, persistent mental illnesses start in childhood or adolescence. Knowing that illness comes so early in life underscores the need for, and opportunities of intervening as soon as possible with accessible and high quality services. The result can be reduced disability and improved quality of life over a lifetime."
"Biological, psychological and social functioning research suggests that early identification and intervention can reduce illness severity and the disability that follows...While many of these studies require replication, they offer hope and pathways for treatment leading to the meaningful improvement of lives."
Dr. Dixon, currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will soon be working on a first break initiative for the New York State Office of Mental Health. We’re thrilled that she’s coming to visit Fountain House and hopeful that we’ll find a way to work together to advance this exciting new venture.
President, Fountain House