Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Penn Psychosis Evaluation and Recovery Center (Penn PERC)

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Welcome to Penn PERC

The transition from adolescence to adulthood carries the heightened risk of emerging symptoms that may lead to the onset of psychiatric illness, such as schizophrenia. Symptoms that indicate potential risk of early psychosis can be non-specific and may include changes in

  • thinking and ideation
  • perception
  • emotion regulation
  • cognition
  • social interactions

PERC at Penn Medicine is dedicated to providing customized diagnostic evaluation, comprehensive treatment and follow up for patients in adolescence and young adulthood and their families. Our program will address a wide range of issues across the entire spectrum.

  • diagnostic evaluation
  • improved symptoms and cognition
  • preservation of functioning
  • development and implementation of treatment plans and support plans
  • coordination of medication treatment with behavioral treatment
  • building social, communication, and adaptive skills
  • transition to adulthood
  • interfering behaviors
  • educational issues
  • workplace and vocational issues
  • social and relationship issues
  • issues facing family members

Over several years only a minority of young persons with emerging symptoms develop schizophrenia, but the majority of young persons will experience behavioral difficulties that affect functioning and development.

To address these complex issues, we can provide the following services:

  • initial consultation by our multidisciplinary experts for individuals, families, and other providers
  • written reports that summarize findings from the initial consultation and offer recommendations
  • follow-up consultations to monitor progress and update recommendations     
  • integrated comprehensive treatment program to improve functioning and outcome

Our main goal is to help individuals who experience risk symptoms of early psychosis, as well as their families, to stabilize symptoms, maintain cognition and functioning, and optimize their wellbeing, daily functioning, and fostering of their talents, skills, relationships and vocations.