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Prevention and Early Intervention

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The concept of Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) has long been a focus for promoting effective services at Pacific Clinics. The Clinics has recognized the importance of early detection and treatment for severe and persistent brain diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression in order to forestall what could become lifelong damage to the health and lives of the affected individual s and their loved ones. It also promotes healthy families through inclusion and education of parents, caregivers and other family members and significant others. The support and participation of those closest to our clients are consistently solicited and valued in all our programs. 

With the help of funding over the past few years through Early Prevention Screening, Detection and Treatment (EPSDT), a federal Medicaid program designed to assure that all children receive screening for both physical and mental health problems, more services have been able to be directed to children from birth through school age and their families. Parenting education programs to help caregivers and family members more effectively interact with their children flourish in several Clinics programs, including several offered in languages other than English and directed at recent immigrants.

In addition to providing traditional on-site outpatient services, the Asian Pacific Family Center's innovative prevention/intervention, parenting and mentoring programs have become a model for San Gabriel Valley community efforts to forestall and fight youth gang and drug activity. Four of APFC’s innovative programs were recently singled out from hundreds of others in the state as community-based prevention models.

Since 2005 Pacific Clinics has added an important prevention and early intervention component, many of which involve the use of Evidence-Based Practices