The Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION) is a network of people who work in Early Psychosis Intervention services (EPI) in Ontario, individuals who have experienced EPI services, and family members. The goal of the network is to support the development and implementation of effective treatment and support systems for the early stages of psychosis. Our focus is to bring the benefits of early treatment to all Ontario citizens 14-35 years of age living with psychosis and, to bring support to their families.
Members of EPION include many of the service providers listed under where to get help on this website.
EPION (formerly the Ontario Working Group for Early Psychosis Intervention or OWG) was established in 1999 and is lead by an Executive elected by its members. We play an active role in helping expand early intervention resources in Ontario, and we help implement the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s EPI Standards, released in May 2011. Some functions of EPION include:
- Facilitating collaboration between EPI sites, particularly emerging sites in need of training and established sites with resources and expertise;
- Providing a forum where families, clinicians, people who have used EPI services and funders can work together to support the implementation of high quality services, and
- Helping early intervention providers improve their practices through information sharing.