What is PREP? How is it helping? Find out with our guests Bob Bennett, CEO of Family Service Agency of San Francisco and Dr. Rachel Loewy, UCSF who talk about breakthroughs and expansions of the PREP program through Prop. 63 funding and how it is a true “game changer”! Steven Grolnic-McClurg, LCSW and Director of Mental Health and Wellness for Rubicon Programs joins Jennifer Whitney to talk about the success of their programs in the Bay Area.

Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis is the topic with our first guests, and you’ll want to tune in to find out how this ground breaking project is reducing hospitalizations and the “revolving door” of mental illness care. On our Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment with Jennifer Whitney, Jen is joined by Steven Grolnic-McClurg to discuss the success of the Rubicon Programs, and also the state of mental health care in the African American community, many of which are served by the Rubicon Program in Richmond, CA.

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Episode Recap:

  • Bob Bennett CEO Family Service Agency of San Fran; lead agency of PREP
  • Rachel Lowe- Clinical Psychologist and researcher at UCSF; psychosis and schizophrenia
  • PREP- Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis

Bob Bennett-

  • Family Service Agency of San Francisco is 123 years old. Developer of Social Services for 20 years. Oldest outpatient service.


  • Serves every age, mostly those who are extremely mentally ill
  • There is a whole area of research now on early intervention. There needed to be a program for younger adults that deal with this. She developed this program with Bob.
  • What is schizophrenia? Split mind. Has to do with split in emotions and. Problems with what is real and what is fantasy. They may have problems with communication, lack of hygiene.
  • Family service agency-
  • The earlier someone gets treatment, the longer their outcome. It really has to do with how long they have been suffering with this
  • Now can identify low level symptoms before the onset of the disorder. The symptoms- hearing voices, thinking someone is out to get them. When it begins, they have unusual experiences-can the teacher tell what I’m thinking? They may start to hear/believe weird things. See shadows, feel suspicious, but still be able to believe that they probably aren’t real.
  • Don’t try to diagnose by yourself. If you have any doubt, get in touch with a professional. Get them in for a diagnosis and treatment. Not general treatment, group of people who are trained in schizophrenia
  • (425)476-7278 outside of SF Bay Alameda  and san Mateo County-
  • There is a fear of these kinds of symptoms, but see their services as a safety net. Trust their opinions, in terms of the trauma
  • They involve family, get a lot of feedback back to the family.
  • Family is someone who is close with the young person’s lives. Doesn’t mean just related family
  • PREP program- Initial results-50% decrease in , improvement in school, Goal is to try to get the support they need and to get everyone back to normal life
  • Rubican – Steven Grownik Mcclurg
  • Been around for 40 years- Originally founded to help people who are just getting out of a hospital and need help getting back on their feet. They help people get a job, how to pay bills, go grocery shopping, case management.
  • There are a ton of excellent services in the state.
  • With proper treatment,  people can be spared a full break, especially if you catch it early on.
  • People with mental health issues are helping to move the movement towards change.
  • Integrating physical Health care with mental health care is another thing that needs to be focused on . People with mental health issues are dying 25 years earlier than their peers. And their quality of life is suffering too.
  • The goal is to reduce that mortality rate by 10 years in 10 years.
  • The cost of MHSA is a drop in the bucket when you compare it to physical health care costs.

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