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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to identify, assess and treat adolescents and young adults who are experiencing changes in their thoughts, behavior or emotions that might be associated with developing serious and/or disabling mental problems. A major aim of the CARE program is to identify psychosis early so that it is possible to intervene and prevent some of the effects of a first psychotic episode.

The CARE Program at the University of California, San Diego has been involved in cutting-edge research addressing early identification and intervention strategies in psychosis for well over a decade. CARE's mission also includes providing education and outreach to the community about psychosis risk and early psychosis.

Recognizing the need for specialized treatment for psychotic spectrum illness, CARE has also expanded to include clinical services as part of the UC San Diego Specialty Clinics. The CARE Early Psychosis Specialty Clinic strives to address the needs of young adults and adolescents through treatments supported by research to help reduce or ameliorate the effects of emerging psychosis. We provide a range of services and will collaborate with patients and their families to develop a unique treatment plan that best addresses patients' specific therapeutic needs.

Our clinic is staffed by psychiatrists, licensed psychologists and mental health specialists with expertise in the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of young people with psychotic illness.