Under the tutelage and guidance of Dr. Nick Breitborde, an expert in psychiatry, schizophrenia, and psychosis, IMHR has spearheaded an ambitious and game-changing project in mental health care: a center, backed by a research institute, dedicated to helping teens and young adults struggling with early episodes of psychotic disorders.
Why is this center so outside the norm and so revolutionary? It has been expertly designed to be a hub for both psychiatric care, behavioral therapy, and social activity amongst affected individuals while working to remove the damaging stigma associated with mental illness. All the while, Epicenter is creating a youth-friendly atmosphere that feels less like a clinic and more like a coffee shop. The Early Psychosis Intervention Center, cleverly shortened to just the Epicenter, is the new face of modern mental health care in Arizona. It offers extraordinarily comprehensive care, battling mental illness on all fronts. According to the Epicenter, “These interventions will include individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy, multi-family group psychoeducation, cognitive remediation, medication management, social rehabilitation, and vocational/education support.” Indeed, the Epicenter is a masterpiece of contemporary approaches to medicine, targeted at the groups most affected by mental illness and most likely to experience psychotic episodes: college students. The aim of the treatment plans offered at Epicenter is to return these individuals to normalcy and allow them to continue or return to their lives as functioning members of society, including pursuing educational, professional, and life goals with the support of a community of peers and doctors to cheer them on through the process.
This ground-breaking center opened up in October of 2016, and Epicenter is currently seeing dozens of patients under the impressive, watchful eye of the new Executive Director, Leticia Labrecque. The Epicenter is just starting to make its mark in the world, and it is undoubtedly turning heads and attracting well-deserved attention for its unique amalgamation of the latest in clinical techniques, social therapies, education, and research.