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RAP Eligibility

The Recognition and Prevention (RAP) Program provides confidential assessment and early assistance for young people between the ages of 13 and 30 who are at risk for mental illnesses. We are a research program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.


People at risk often show early, non-specific signs such as:

alt = Withdrawing from friends and family (spending more time alone, not communicating as much), a drop in school or work performance (decline in grades, inability to complete school work or job tasks), decreased motivation or concentration (not engaged in usual activities, inability to focus), changes in sleep (disrupted sleep patterns, not sleeping as much as usual), mood changes (feeling depressed or sad, feeling anxious or worried), neglect of personal hygiene (not bathing or taking care of oneself appropriately)


More serious signs of concern include:

alt = Unusual/magical ideas or beliefs (strange or intense beliefs about people or the world, something interfering with a person's thinking), perceptual abnormalities/illusions (visual or auditory changes, seeing or hearing things that others don't see or hear), vague or odd speech (difficult getting point across, talking without getting point across), mistrustfulness or suspiciousness (thinking that people are talking behind back, worries that others are watching them or out to get them), unusual behavior or appearance (talking to self, behavior that doesn't make sense)

If you or someone you care about is showing any of these warning signs, contact RAP for an initial assessment or consultation to determine if the presenting symptoms meet our eligibility criteria. The RAP Program provides education and treatment for young people and their families, and conducts research about the effects of early identification in off-setting the progression of mental illness. By getting help early, a person’s chances greatly improve for staying in school, working, maintaining friendships and planning for the future.


Persons are NOT appropriate for the RAP Program if they meet any of the following criteria:
Younger than 13 or older than 30
Already meeting criteria for Schizophrenia
An active legal problem
I.Q. less than 70 or a serious neurodevelopmental condition