By adopting the PIER Model your agency can prevent and treat severe mental illness and contribute to the mission of reducing the toll it takes on individuals, families and communities.
If you are considering adopting the PIER Model, engaging in PIER Training & Certification, and becoming a PIER Model Program, the following questions will help you determine if the model is right for you and your organization.
The PIER Model does not rely on traditional screenings or conservative “wait and see” approaches. Rather, it relies on concepts that require new ways of thinking about youth mental illness and the organization and management of mental health services. Community support for a new approach is essential. Teachers, doctors, clergy, police officers, legislators and parents alike will all play a role in your PIER Model Program.
Further, it is important to realize that you can differentiate between normal adolescent and young adult behavior and real warning signs and symptoms of mental illness. An organization must also appreciate the value of family involvement in treatment and recovery. Finally, the organization must acknowledge the dramatic cost of untreated or under-treated severe mental illness to our communities, and recognize that early intervention is possible, ethical and cost effective.
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If you have determined that the PIER Model is right for your agency or organization and are interested in taking the next step, or if you are simply interested in further information about family psychoeducation, or early intervention and prevention of youth mental illness, please contact us.