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Mental Health Association Of Westchester Unveils New Program

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Mental Health Association of Westchester recently announced the launch of OnTrackNY @ MHA, My Health, My Choices, My Future.

OnTrackNY is an evidence-based team approach to providing recovery-oriented treatment to young people who have recently begun experiencing psychosis.

Early psychosis refers to the period of time during which a person begins experiencing particular signs and symptoms such as: auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, paranoid feelings, unusual beliefs or disorganized thoughts. Some may also experience a lack of interest in things they used to be interested in, a lack of emotion, social withdrawal or changes in attention to physical care, and difficulty expressing oneself.

The initiative is being led by Dr. Tia Dole, who prior to coming to MHA, was co-founder of The PEER Program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, an early intervention program for first episode of psychosis. Employing a team approach, OnTrackNY@MHA works with young adults aged 16 to 30, and their families, to help them achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships. Although the experience of psychosis and associated behaviors can be frightening, recovery is a reality.

People can contact us at ontrackny@mhawestchester.org or 914-666-4646 x7725 for more information.

MHA is one of four sites which have been awarded funds for staff, training, and technical assistance. They will be administered by the Center for Practice Innovation at the New York State Psychiatric Institute under the direction of Lisa Dixon, M.D. M.P.H. and funded by The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), in collaboration with The Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry, The New York State Psychiatric Institute, and The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene.

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