Who Is CEDAR Here For?

CEDAR is a specialized center for young people (ages 12-30 for our research programs, 14-30 for our clinic) who are experiencing new or worsening symptoms that may be warning signs for psychosis. These can include:

  • Difficulties thinking clearly or concentrating
  • Suspiciousness or uneasiness with others
  • Increased sensitivity to sights or sounds
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Unusual and/or intense beliefs
  • Seeing, hearing, or smelling things that others don't
  • Unusual behavior or appearance
  • Vague or unusual speech
  • Worsening school and/or work performance

Because CEDAR programs are specialized, our staff will speak with all new referrals to screen for eligibility. If you are not eligible, we will help direct you to other services that may be a better fit.

 

Of note, for some people these symptoms are longstanding and stable.  That is, the signs have been around for more than a year and have not been getting more intense or frequent over time.  Services at the CEDAR clinic may not be the best fit for these individuals. Participating in a phone screening may help figure this out.

 

Those who have already received a clear diagnosis of a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder may be a better fit for a program that specializes in treating first episode psychosis.  If you are unsure what program is the best fit, please feel free to contact us.


Insurance and Fees: For those eligible for services, the CEDAR program is open to all regardless of economic means. A sliding scale assures that no young person or family will be charged more than they can afford. Although health insurance may be billed if there is coverage, treatment does not depend on the decisions of insurance companies.


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