Early Psychosis Programs
Funded through MHSA/Prop 63, the SacEDAPT Clinic represents a unique collaboration between UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Sacramento County Mental Health to provide state-of-the-art care to transition-age youth who are experiencing the earliest stages of psychosis.
Who is eligible for SacEDAPT?
- Males and females, ages 12-30
- Sacramento County residents - Medi-Cal eligible OR uninsured
- Experiencing the symptoms of early psychosis, including:
- Onset of psychotic symptoms in the past two years
- Subthreshold symptoms of psychosis
- Recent deterioration in youth with a parent/sibling with a psychotic disorder
If you or someone you know is interested in clinical services through EDAPT or would like to learn more about our clinic, please contact:
If you are experiencing symptoms but are unsure whether our clinical services are right for you, please take this 21-question screening survey:
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Our recovery based treatment approach provides services for 2 years focusing on 1) reducing and managing symptoms and distress and 2) improving individuals' ability to achieve success in independent roles through appropriate education and employment opportunities.
Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment
State-of-the-art clinical assessment tools are used to evaluate each client to determine the appropriate diagnosis in order to guide treatment. Assessments of psychosocial functioning also determine areas where targeted treatment is needed.
Regular and frequent appointments with a psychiatrist, tailored to control and alleviate symptoms with the fewest amount of side effects.
Each client has a clinical case manager who helps to identify the client's unique needs and recovery goals, which will be used to develop a treatment plan that encourages the client to build upon their strengths and take an active role in treatment decisions.
Individual Psychoeducation and Support Groups
Weekly groups for clients are designed to provide support and improve understanding of the illness, develop stress and symptom management techniques, and enhance communication and problem solving skills. Specific groups include:
- Peer Symptom Management group
- Substance Abuse Management group
- Family Member Support group
- Creative Arts group
Multi-family Psychoeducation and Support Groups
Weekly multi-family groups for families are based upon the PIER treatment model. Psychoeducation and support are provided to increase understanding about the illness, improve stress management and communication skills within the family, and develop problem solving skills.
Supported Education and Employment
Supported Education and Employment services are provided within the client's home, school or workplace to improve everyday functioning and help clients achieve their goals of social, academic and occupational recovery.
Peer and Family Advocate Support
With the knowledge of their own lived experience, our Peer and Family Advocates provides direct services to clients and families within the clinic and the surrounding community. The Peer and Family Advocate’s work targets both mental health and functioning treatment goals, as well as assisting clients and families in accessing benefits and services in the community.
Our Clinical Team
|Dr. Cameron Carter|
|Dr. Carter is a Professor of Psychiatry and has been involved in the care of early schizophrenia for the past 12 years. He directs the SacEDAPT Clinic and the Psychosis Research and Education Program in the Department of Psychiatry at UC Davis Medical Center as well as the UC Davis Imaging Research Center.|
|Dr. Tara Niendam|
|Dr. Niendam is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in psychodiagnositic and cognitive assessment in youth at risk for or in the early stages of psychosis. As the Director of Operations, Dr. Niendam supervises clinic activities and staff and coordinates outreach and educational presentations within the community. She also serves as the Co-Director for our HRSA funded pre-doctoral Trauma and Adolescent Mental Illness (TAMI) internship, which is a collaboration with the UC Davis CAARE Center to provide evidence-based trauma informed care to youth with early psychosis. In her research, Dr. Niendam is interested in understanding how deficits in cognition can influence an individual's ability to maintain age-appropriate social and work/school functioning, as well as how the use of smartphones can improve clinical care for youth with psychosis.|
|Dr. Paula Wadell|
|Dr. Wadell is an Associate Physician at UC Davis and the Medical Director of the UC Davis Early Psychosis programs. She is both an adult psychiatrist and a child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her medical school, residency and fellowship at UC Davis. Through these training programs she has experience with most inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in the Sacramento area. She has past research experience in genetics and social deficits in developmental disorders. As Medical Director, she provides psychiatric care and develops systems of care to ensure that all clients are receiving the best treatment possible.|
|Dr. Laura Tully|
|Dr. Tully is a Harvard-trained clinical psychologist who provides instruction in evidence-based treatment and assessment approaches for early psychosis youth in the SacEDAPT clinic, with an emphasis on CBT for psychosis. Dr. Tully’s research includes the use of smartphone technologies, such as mobile health applications, as add-on tools for symptom management and treatment in early psychosis care. In particular, Dr. Tully is interested in how to improve emotion regulation skills using smartphone app technology in order to reduce stress and symptom exacerbations.|
|Dr. Kathleen Marshall|
|Dr. Marshall is an Associate Physician at UC Davis. She completed medical school at Pennsylvania State University and her residency in General Psychiatry at UC Davis. Her training and work experience at SacEDAPT, local inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and the county-operated Adult Psychiatric Support Services clinic have provided her with extensive experience working with young adults and adults with a variety of mental health challenges.|
|Idalia is a Marriage, Family, Child Therapist Intern (MFTI). She received a Masters of Science in Counseling from California State University, Fresno. She has past experience working at a community-based counseling center where she provided counseling services, in both English and Spanish, to couples, individual adults, families, adolescents, and children. In addition to her bilingual language skills, Idalia brings Creative Therapy experiences to the EDAPT program, including music, art and writing, as part of individual or group sessions. Idalia also co-leads Multifamily Group, Peer Support Group, and Family Support Group.|
|Jorge Becerra, LCSW|
|Jorge is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received his Master of Social Work degree and his Bachelor’s degree from the California State University, Sacramento. During his graduate training, Jorge gained experience in the public school setting and the Woodland Public Defenders office. Before joining the UC Davis Health System, Jorge provided mental health services in healthcare, educational and correctional settings. He has experience in providing individual, group and family therapy to adults and adolescents in both English and Spanish. At UC Davis Health, Jorge provides intake assessments, individual, group and family therapy to clients who are participating in SacEDAPT program. His areas of special interest include health and wellness, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and early intervention.|
|Lalintorn (Lin) Duangnapa is a licensed Marriage, Family, Child Therapist (LMFT). She received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. Lin is passionate about serving others and has worked in community mental health across the Bay Area with clients struggling with various mental health issues. Her approach in therapy is focused on empowering the client, family and community. In the SacEDAPT Clinic, Lin conducts diagnostic assessments, provides therapeutic services, and offers case management and consultation support. In the Solano County office, she conducts outcome analysis for treatment programs in mental health for early intervention for psychosis.|
|Kristin Lee LaCross|
|Kristin is a Pre-Doctoral TAMI Psychology Intern from the clinical psychology program at PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, where she earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology. The majority of her past clinical experience has consisted of working with youth and families across a variety of settings including residential, a hospital-based intensive outpatient program, school, community mental health, and in clinical research. Kristin has a strong interest in psychological testing and adolescent psychology. While at SacEDAPT, she looks forward to expanding her previous knowledge and experience in providing evidence-based treatment for youth who have experienced trauma, and adapting this treatment when working with youth with psychosis and their families.|
|Karina Muro is a Pre-Doctoral TAMI psychology intern. She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and will complete her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller as well. Karina has worked in diverse clinical settings including LAC + USC Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, providing assessment and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and families. Karina’s clinical expertise includes childhood/adult trauma, depression, anxiety, immigrant families, and cultural identity issues. Karina is a bicultural and bilingual Spanish/English clinician in-training that takes an interest in providing a culturally sensitive experience. During her internship in the TAMI program at SacEDAPT, Karina will provide evidence-based trauma informed care to youth experiencing early psychosis.|
|Bonnie serves as the SacEDAPT Clinic Family Partner. Her experience living with a family member with a severe mental illness, as well as her family's previous involvement with the EDAPT Clinic as a client, provides a uniquely personal perspective to the clinical team. In the SacEDAPT Clinic, Bonnie provides support to families from this perspective including helping families communicate their needs and connecting them with available community resources. Bonnie also assists with the clinic’s community outreach and education efforts.|
|Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Stanislaus State. She works as part of the SacEDAPT Team to provide Supported Education and Employment services. Brenda works closely with clients, helping the client improve their everyday functioning and achieve their goals of social, academic and occupational recovery. Brenda's goal is to ensure the client is receiving the appropriate accommodations in the school and work setting and works as a liaison between the client's school and their families.|
|Graduating from Sac State in 2015, Angela received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences. She is very excited to serve as the Head Coordinator for the SacEDAPT clinic! She has been part of our program for many years, first as an undergraduate volunteer and then a research assistant. Angela is committed to providing the best care to our clients and families.|
|Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from UC Davis. As a student, he worked in several clinical settings at the UC Davis Medical Center as well as student-run clinics. Daniel also assisted in a mental health practice which utilized Google Glass technology for clinical support. Daniel is one of our new clinic coordinators and he looks forward to supporting the SacEDAPT clients and families.|