EASA Services

OverviewEASA

The Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) provides information and support to young people who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis for the first time. Most people don't realize just how common and treatable psychosis is.

EASA is a network of programs and individuals across Oregon who are focused on providing rapid identification, support, assessment, and treatment for teenagers and young adults who are experiencing the early signs of psychosis. EASA is designed as a transitional program, with the goal of providing the education and resources the person needs to be successful in the long term.

Yamhill County EASA is a two-year outreach and treatment program for people ages 15 to 25 who reside in Yamhill County. 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, or who are at high clinical risk for the development of psychosis. EASA also helps clarify diagnosis and appropriate treatment and supports referents in linking to appropriate care. Those who have experienced a first episode of psychosis or are having early signs of psychosis within the last 12 months and whose symptoms are not caused by a medical condition or substance abuse, are eligible to participate.

If you know a young person who you may believe is showing early signs of psychosis, or you are experiencing symptoms yourself, please email Yamhill County EASA or call 503-583-5527.

If you are experiencing a psychiatric crisis, please call 844-842-8200.

Refer anyone who you believe may be experiencing the early signs of psychosis. If a person is having new, significant, and worsening difficulties in several of the following areas, call for a consultation:

  1. Reduced performance
    • Trouble reading or understanding complex sentences
    • Trouble speaking or understanding what others are saying
    • Becoming easily confused or lost
    • Trouble in sports or other activities that used to be easy (example: can't dribble basketball or pass to team members)
    • Attendance problems related to sleep or fearfulness
  2. Behavior changes
    • Extreme fear for no apparent reason
    • Uncharacteristic actions or statements that make no sense
    • Impulsive and reckless behavior (giving away belongings, etc.)
    • New, bizarre beliefs
    • Incoherent or bizarre writing
    • Extreme social withdrawal
    • Decline in appearance and hygiene
    • Dramatic changes in sleep (sleeping almost not at all or all of the time)
    • Dramatic changes in eating behavior
  3. Perceptual Changes
    • Fear that others are trying to hurt them
    • Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells, or touch
    • Making statements like "my brain is playing tricks on me"
    • Hearing voices or other sounds that others don't
    • Reporting visual changes (colors more intense, faces distorted, lines turned wavy)
    • Racing thoughts
    • Feeling like someone else is putting thoughts into their brain or that others are reading their thoughts

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