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OASIS – Outreach and Support Intervention Services

One in fifty people develop a psychotic disorder. The OASIS Program of Chapel Hill is a safe place to reclaim your life.

The OASIS Program located in Orange County, North Carolina, is a clinical program of the Department of Psychiatry at UNC’s School of Medicine. Our mission is to promote full recovery from a first episode of psychosis using proven and innovative approaches to comprehensive and coordinated specialty care and integrative medicine.

Coordinated Speciality Care Services for Early Psychosis:

    • Assertive outreach and crisis services.
    • Medical management services.
    • Individual and group psychotherapies.
    • Family therapy and support services.
    • Employment and education support services.
    • Social and recreational services.
    • Timely and comprehensive psychosocial assessments.

Services for Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome:

    • Comprehensive evaluation.
    • Medical management.
    • Individual and family psychotherapies.
  • Individuals ages 14-36 who are experiencing or recovering from a first episode of psychosis within the past 3 years.
  • OR Individuals ages 14-30 who are experiencing Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome.
  • Clients who live in Orange, Durham, Alamance, Chatham, Person, and surrounding counties.
  • Consultation services are available for those outside of our catchment zone.

What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a brain disorder in which a person experiences hallucinations, delusions, and confused thinking. A first episode of psychosis is often a confusing and scary time, and patients and family members may not know where to turn for help. It may be difficult for a person and their family to recognize that the changes in thinking and behavior are psychosis. Even when recognized, it may be difficult to know where to turn. The good news is: psychosis is treatable, especially in its early stages.

What is Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome?

During adolescence and early adulthood, people sometimes experience changes in their thinking, mood, and perception that may interfere with their ability to study, work, make friends, and be with others comfortably.  These symptoms can resemble psychosis but are less severe.  While most people recover from Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome, symptoms can worsen in approximately 1 in 5 people.  Psychotherapies have been shown to help persons recover.

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EPI-NC Technical Assistance Program

In addition to our clinical work, we also operate a Technical Assistance Program for providers interested in developing and sustaining their own Coordinated Specialty Care services. Please click here to learn more.