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Become a Research Participant
By participating in a research project, you can help physicians and other researchers develop and test better ways to diagnose and treat people with schizophrenia and related disorders. You also can learn more about the nature of these problems and what can be done to help better manage these conditions. You can make a difference! Please consider becoming a research participant.

CTMHR Project 5 needs research participants to help us try to learn about the causes of psychotic symptoms. We are addressing this problem in a number of ways using recently developed methods of studying the structure and functioning of the brain and thinking processes that we believe may be involved. The purpose of this study is to better understand which aspects of brain functioning are affected in psychotic illnesses and whether this changes over time. Learn more about participating in Project 5.

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Specialized Services for Schizophrenia and Early Psychoses
Schizophrenia and early psychoses are chronic, with symptoms that continue over time. Because of this, adults with these diagnoses need a variety of services that provide ongoing care for their illness. Through programs in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC (WPIC) can provide the appropriate types of treatment without interruption, emphasizing integrated and comprehensive care and treatment for our patients, based on their individual needs.

Services for the Treatment of Early Psychoses (STEP)
STEP is a clinical program for the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of people who may be experiencing early symptoms and signs of psychotic illness. The STEP treatment team offers continued therapy and follow-up care, including state-of-the-art psychotherapeutic and medical treatment, along with regular contact with a psychiatrist. The STEP program also contributes to research activities intended to determine how early symptoms contribute to the onset and course of psychotic disorders in order to make better treatment decisions. To discuss the STEP Program or to schedule an initial evaluation, call 412-246-5432.

Comprehensive Recovery Services (CRS) Division
CRS provides comprehensive specialized services to adults with serious and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. CRS facilitates real continuity of care by providing a single system of integrated services, rather than separate programs. Treatment goals are aimed at rehabilitation and recovery and are tailored to suite each consumer’s clinical needs at any given point in time. Supportive and psychoeducational services for family members are provided, and CRS also works closely with community service agencies to assure continuity of care. To make a referral to or to obtain more information on the CRS program, please contact Jennifer Paris, MEd, LPC, NCC, at (412) 246-6196.

Additional Services
Blended Service Coordination
Community Treatment Team Program
Mobile Medication Program
Homeless Continuum Program

In an emergency, call re:solve Crisis Network at 1-888-7 YOU CAN, or refer/bring the person to the WPIC emergency department at 3811 O'Hara Street, in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh; or call 412-624-2000.
Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research
Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (MH103204)

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