The Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) is a statewide network of programs which identify youth with symptoms of psychosis as early as possible, and provide support and treatment based on current research. GOBHI is responsible for allocating funding and helping to oversee and coordinate care for the EASA programs that are covered under GOBHI’s service area in the Eastern Oregon and Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organizations.
View the EASA program list for a list of program and contact information for each county.
EASA Clinical Teams provide the following services:
- Outreach and engagement
- Assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning by mental health professionals specifically trained in early psychosis work
- Education and support for individuals and families/primary support systems
- Crisis and relapse planning
- Assistance with knowing rights and available benefits
- Goal setting and planning
- Mentoring and opportunities to meet others
- Independent living skill development
- Occupational therapy
- Resource brokering and advocacy
- Support for vocational and educational settings
- Group and individual counseling
- Medication support
Who Does EASA Serve?
EASA helps identify and support young people whose symptoms are consistent with the onset of a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder with psychosis. EASA also helps clarify diagnosis and appropriate treatment, and supports referents in linking to appropriate care. Acute symptoms of psychosis include hallucinations (seeing and hearing things others don’t); delusions (bizarre, out-of-character, fixed beliefs); and disturbances to speech,emotional expression, and movement. Onset of these symptoms usually occurs gradually.
Other referral guidelines:
- Age 15-25 (12-25 in Linn, Marion,Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, and Yamhill counties)
- IQ over 70 or not already receiving developmental disability services
- No more than 12 months since diagnosed with a major psychotic disorder, if applicable
- Lives in local region
- Symptoms not known to be caused by a medical condition or drug use
Karissa Reed, MS.
Mental Health Clinician
The official EASA website with resources for families, allies, young adults, and professionals.