Research shows that is possible for people who experience a first episode of psychosis to have better outcomes if they receive the appropriate support in a timely manner. Simply put: Getting help early means that a person can start living his or her life again.
Scarborough Health Network’s First Intervention Treatment Team (FITT) provides services for early intervention psychosis. Our program is delivered at Shoniker Clinic, which is right across from Centenary hospital, located at the corner of Ellesmere Road and Neilson Road in Scarborough.
FITT has a team of staff from various health care and social work backgrounds, including psychiatrists, a child and youth counselor, nurses, an occupational therapist, and social workers. This allows us to provide a wide variety of supports and programs to individuals and their families.
We work with teens and adults up to the age of 35 living in the Scarborough area.
- Intake screening
- Psychiatric assessment
- Medical workup
- Bio-psychosocial assessment
- Occupational assessment
Individual and family therapy
Connection to Community
- Financial assistance
- Employment assistance
- Alternative schooling
- Drop-in Group
- Fitness Group
- Family education and workshops
- Mindfulness Group
To join the FITT program, you will need to be referred by a physician. So contact your family doctor so he/she can make a referral for you to FITT. Fees are covered by OHIP.
If you don’t have a family doctor, please give us a call at 416-281-7301 ext. 4161. Our intake worker will be happy to help facilitate getting you a referral.
Completed referrals should be faxed to 416-281-7465.
After your referral has been recieved, the first step in getting you into the program is an intake phone interview. We will call the contact person listed on the referral form within two business days of when we receive the form.
During the intake phone interview, additional relevant information will be gathered.
Your first visit
- At your first visit, one of the FITT team members will meet with you and discuss what you are going through and look at how we may be able to best meet your need.
- You will get some more detailed information about the FITT program and what we do here.
- Finally, together you and the FITT team will figure out if joining the program is right for you. If you do join, future visits will be scheduled for you.
Reminder: When you come for your first visit, please bring your health card. You will need to present your health care to the receptionist in the waiting room at Shoniker Clinic.