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Who is Eligible for CAPPS?


Broad Range of Concerns:

Individuals seeking help at CAPPS often have a variety of concerns, including unusual thoughts and perceptions, increased mood symptoms, social anxiety, and challenges in work, school, or personal relationships. Those experiencing difficulty in functioning with a family history of psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia are also considered at risk and are encouraged to reach out.

Referral Process:

Referrals to CAPPS can be made by family members, friends, and a range of healthcare professionals including family physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, therapists, and school counselors. If you think a client is a fit for CAPPS, please contact us for a consultation. Brochures can be given to clients or families for direct contact.

Assessment and Confidentiality:

Interested individuals or their guardians (for ages 12-17) can contact us for a screening assessment to determine eligibility for our research program. This assessment, covering medical and psychological history, is strictly confidential. Participants are required to sign a consent form and complete pre-screening questionnaires.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Age: Youth aged 12 to 30 years old, primarily English-speaking.
  • Language: Spanish-speaking families are encouraged to contact CAPPS, as we have Spanish-speaking team members eager to assist with scheduling, assessments, and treatment.
  • Medication: Youth on psychiatric medications for other illnesses are eligible.
  • Intellectual Functioning: Youth with an IQ above 70.
  • Substance Use: Youth not engaged in significant substance use in the past 3 months (e.g., marijuana, alcohol).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age: Individuals under 12 or over 30 years old.
  • Diagnoses: Those with schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, or other psychotic disorders.
  • Symptoms: Experiencing fully psychotic symptoms for more than 3 months.
  • Intellectual Functioning: Individuals with an IQ below 70.
  • Neurological Disorders: Serious conditions like seizures, or major medical conditions.
  • Head Injury: Major head injury with loss of consciousness.
  • Substance Use: Significant use of substances, such as marijuana or alcohol, in the past three months.


people out of 100,000 develop psychosis each year.


of Young adults aged 18-25 years had the highest prevalence of Serious mental Illness (SMI) compared to adults. (2021)


year-olds are typically diagnosed with schizophrenia after experiencing their first episode of psychosis.