Sarah Lynch, LCSW, is the Program Manager for the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program, an early psychosis treatment program at Maine Medical Center. For the past 16 years, she has worked with young people with early symptoms of psychosis and their families. Formerly, she was the Clinical Team Leader of the original PIER Program and the RWJF-funded Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis multisite study. Currently she oversees the clinical team at MMC and is working toward expansion and sustainability of these services statewide. In her experience with early intervention, she is most excited by the paradigm shift in the field to a more proactive, hopeful, and individualized model of treatment. This Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) model is based on research findings that if treatment is initiated early and is comprehensive, it leads to better outcomes.
This model includes team-based treatment, a more creative approach to engagement, cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis, multifamily group psychoeducation, peer support, employment/education support, case management, medication management, and community education. Sarah enjoys working with young people and their families as they gain skills and insights in working toward wellness goals. She also enjoy fostering team-based care that is client-driven and training other teams in the CSC model. She is excited to be partnering with Dr. Kristen Woodberry who has returned to MMC to lead research efforts in early psychosis.