The UNM Health System in Albuquerque can help your family when a loved one, aged 12 to 30 years old, is struggling with worrisome changes in thoughts, feelings or behaviors.
We offer two programs that focus on taking care of symptoms that may lead to the onset of a serious mental health disorder.
- The Collaborative Interdisciplinary Evaluation and Community Treatment Program, known as CONNECT, at UNM Health in Albuquerque is for individuals aged 12-25 who are having worrisome changes in their thoughts, experiences or feelings.
- The Early Program is for individuals aged 15-30 experiencing a first episode psychosis within the past 12 months. First episode psychosis refers to the first time someone experiences psychotic symptoms or a psychotic episode. People experiencing a first episode may not understand what is happening. The symptoms can be highly disturbing and unfamiliar, leaving the person confused and distressed.
What is Psychosis?
Psychosis is a set of symptoms that can affect how a person thinks and feels and how they perceive the world around them. It indicates a number of symptoms resulting in a person losing touch with reality. These symptoms affect the mind and alter someone’s thinking, ideas and perceptions.
Three out of 100 people will have symptoms of psychosis in their lifetime, yet many are afraid to get the help they need.
- Confused thinking
- Lack of energy/motivation
- Decline in functioning
- Disorganized behaviors
- Suicidal thoughts
The Early Program provides a range of services to help you or your loved one find the help you need. Among the services we provide are:
Assessment and Psychiatric Services - A clinical evaluation is the first step in determining if your symptoms may be the result of early psychosis.
Medication Management - When recommended as part of your overall treatment plan, our psychiatrists can prescribe and monitor medications.
Family Psychoeducation Services - It’s important for loved ones to know what you are going through. We offer a range of support services to help.
Counseling - Talking with a counselor may help you feel less alone and can play an important role in the critical early phases of treatment.
Comprehensive Community Support Services - You are not alone. We will help you coordinate with a variety of local programs, services and support in your community.
Supported Employment and Education - Achieving your goals is an important part of recovery. We can help you develop coping strategies for work and school.
Outreach - We help the community understand emotional and behavioral health, reduce misconceptions and change negative attitudes.
Referrals - When needed, we can provide recommendations for medical care, neurology evaluation and substance abuse treatment.
You can find our programs on The University of New Mexico Health Sciences campus. We accept referrals from anyone in the community, including self-referrals. We also work with UNM Children’s Psychiatric Center, UNM Health's Psychiatric Center and the UNM School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.
There may be opportunities available for you to participate in research related to your symptoms. If you are interested in learning more, call the research team at 505-272-9552 or 505-272-3507.