Services at Trilogy: First Episode Psychosis Program Hope FIRST


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■ Having serious problems at work or school?

■ Seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear?

■ Having fixed beliefs not shared by others?

■ Withdrawing from social interactions?

■ Speaking or thinking in a disorganized way?

■ Having sensitivity to ordinary things like light?

■ Feeling paranoid?

These are all signs that someone may be at risk for a psychotic illness. Hope FIRST can help. Please call 773-564-4725 for more information.


What is Hope FIRST?

Hope FIRST is a comprehensive, team-based treatment program aimed at improving the mental health and quality of life for individuals who have recently experienced psychosis. We believe that early intervention for an individual with psychosis is crucial in recovery. Hope FIRST provides treatment, support and information to clients, their families and significant others. Our focus is educating clients and families on psychosis and developing goals, while working towards recovery and building balance back into clients’ lives.

Hope FIRST is also a partnership between Trilogy, IDHS Division of Mental Health and associating FIRST.IL programs, Northern Illinois University and the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Trilogy’s staff is trained by consultants at the BeST center and receives ongoing consultation.

Requirements for Hope FIRST Program

  • Between 14-40 years of age
  • Have experienced symptoms of psychosis within the past 18 months for the first time
  • Symptoms are not caused by substance use
  • Willing to participate in two of the five treatment modalities listed above

If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, we are here to help. For more information or to refer, please call our intake line at 773-564-4725. All calls will be returned within 24 hours.


Clients have the option of receiving wrap around services called treatment modalities. Clients select at least two treatment modalities that best fit their needs. There is no limit on the number of services in which a client can participate. An emphasis in shared decision making is crucial throughout treatment modalities.

Psychiatric Care

    • Focuses on providing medications and interventions
  • Individual Therapy and Coaching
    • Helps clients gain insight into their illness and develop tools for coping
  • Supported Employment/ Education
    • Focuses on rapid return to or initiation of employment or education
  • Family Psychoeducation
    • Provides education about psychotic illnesses and assists families with problem-solving and communications
  • Case Management
    • Assists with coordination of medical and mental health care
    • Educates clients on community resources and assists with integration into the community
  • Peer Support
    • Offers supportive services by someone with lived experience
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Assists with bringing balance back to clients’ environments