Welcome to the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program. We are dedicated to helping Maine youth achieve positive clinical outcomes when treated for early symptoms of psychosis.

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What Makes PIER Unique

Providing Hope Through Early Intervention

The PIER program has achieved national and international prominence as a model program in early intervention. PIER is a transdisciplinary treatment team made up of social workers, psychiatrist, occupational therapist, educational/vocational specialist, care manager and peer support partners. PIER has a twelve year record of community education and advanced treatment with demonstrated outcomes and results in the greater Portland area.

The PIER Program is part of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Working with Young People and Families

The team works with young people and families to set individualized goals to work toward desired outcomes through:

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Multifamily groups
  • Medication management
  • Employment/Education support
  • Occupational Therapy assessment as needed
  • Care management
  • Peer mentoring
  • Reducing stigma with outreach and education in the community

Early Intervention Makes a Difference

Early intervention is associated with:

  • More rapid and complete recovery
  • Preservation of brain functioning
  • Preservation of psychosocial skills
  • Decreased needs for intensive treatments
  • Maintained connections with supports
  • Reduced stigma and perception of rejection

Who Can Participate?

  • Adolescents or young adults, ages 16-25
  • Living in Cumberland County
  • Experiencing some of the following difficulties that have begun or worsened in the past year:
    • Feeling “something’s not quite right”
    • Having trouble thinking clearly, focusing, or concentrating
    • Worrisome drop in school or work performance
    • Unusual thoughts and confusion
    • Fearful for no good reason
    • Difficulty communicating and understanding
    • Suspiciousness, fears, or uneasiness with others
    • Mood instability
    • Declining interest in people, activities and self-care
    • Hearing sounds/voices that are not there
    • Pervasive anxiety
    • Disrupted sleep patterns