Slaight Centre Early Intervention Service (SCEIS) - Outpatient Program
The Slaight Centre outpatient service is a youth-friendly program that provides an easily accessible, stigma-free model of care to young people that meets their specific developmental needs.
Aged 14-29 years
Experiencing psychosis – ie. psychosis is the primary presenting issue (e.g. in relation to schizophrenia, schizophreniform, schizoaffective, bipolar I, psychosis not otherwise specified, substance-induced psychosis)
Has not previously received the full complement of early psychosis intervention care
Note – we do not accept patients:
With complex PTSD with transient or non-primary psychotic symptoms or antisocial personality disorder
With severe intellectual disability — a referral to CAMH’s Adult Neurodevelopmental Service or Child and Youth Family Services would be a more appropriate first option
Looking for ACTT (Assertive Community Treatment Team) level care
Needing court-ordered, CAS-ordered, NCR and insurance assessments
Needing legal involvement, unless all relevant documents are provided
Additional Referral Details
Internal CAMH referrals
External physician referrals
Referrals from patients (self-referrals) and/or family members, schools, and community agencies
Up to 3 years for patients residing in the CAMH local area [(East) Don Valley River to (West) Humber River; (South) Lake Ontario to (North) Eglinton], as clinically indicated. For patients outside the CAMH local area, after the initial assessment and necessary immediate intervention, we try to refer patients to their local early intervention service for ongoing treatment and follow-up.
We make an effort to offer a consultation within 2 weeks of receiving a referral.
Slaight Centre Early Intervention Service: 416 535-8501, ext. 34841
Types of Treatment and Services Offered
Initial consultation and assessment
Individualized medication treatment
Management of symptoms
Support and counselling
Ongoing risk assessments
Family education and support
General Education Development (GED)
Psychosis can cause acute distress and confusion in a young person, as well as for their family and friends. For many reasons, there can be a long delay before a young person manages to access appropriate treatment. This delay can significantly impact the development of the skills needed for achieving independent living, having adult relationships and developing careers. Early intervention, with a focus on specialized interventions and recovery, improves outcomes and reduces the negative effects of this condition.
SCEIS supports recovery through early assessment and the development of a comprehensive treatment plan that is patient- and family-centred and recovery-focused, aiming to improve daily functioning for patients. We also provide education and support to family members of patients receiving our services.
The program’s goal is to improve outcomes for young people with psychosis through early identification, intervention and treatment tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, based on emerging best practices in clinical care and research.
For ongoing care after the initial assessment, we may recommend services closer to home to support youth engagement and access to relevant local resources, as there are early intervention services available across the province.
For information about our Clinical High Risk Service, click here.