Letter from Sarah Lynch, Program Manager
Welcome to our website. We are thrilled to offer information and hope through the voices of graduates of our program. We believe that there are many paths to wellness and we hope that this site offers some examples of how our program collaborates with participants and families.
The PIER Program has been a leader in community education, research and family-inclusive treatment in early psychosis for the last 20 years. From 2000 to 2013, we were part of national research efforts in early identification of symptoms of psychosis and testing a family and community-based treatment approach across communities. In 2015, through a partnership with the state of Maine, we opened as a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) team offering both treatment and training.
Now that CSC is considered Evidence Based Practice in First Episode Psychosis, we are poised to train others throughout Maine so that these services will be more widely available. The PIER Program is housed in Adolescent Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center and is affiliated with our sister program, Resilience, in Adult Psychiatry. An integral aspect of our program is involving the voice of peers and families with lived experience in community outreach and engagement. We also have peer and family networks of support happening through our 5 multifamily groups.
We continue to be involved in research in early psychosis to better understand risk factors for psychosis and targeted treatment.
We urge you to give us feedback on the website and to fill out an information request form here. We welcome your questions.
Thank you for visiting our website.
~Sarah Lynch, LCSW