A leading behavioral health nonprofit is expanding its treatment programs with the purchase of a groundbreaking downtown Phoenix behavioral health center.

PSA Behavioral Health Agency has reached an agreement to purchase the Epicenter clinic from the Institute for Mental Health Research (IMHR). The move will help PSA continue to grow and expand the presence of its outpatient services in the valley.

The Epicenter – Early Psychosis Intervention Center – located near McDowell Road and 1st Street in downtown Phoenix, was created to provide early intervention programs for individuals who have symptoms of psychosis. The Epicenter approach to treating these individuals is to identify the signs of psychosis early and focus on interventions that are effective and require the least amount of medication possible, with the goal of mitigating the long-lasting impact that psychotic disorders can have throughout the lifespan. 

PSA is already a significant provider of behavioral health services in Arizona, and its overall treatment philosophy is consistent with the approaches used at Epicenter. Sara Marriott, PSA’s Chief ExecutiveOfficer, said the Epicenter’s approach will be a beneficial addition to the work being done by the organization.

“This acquisition is a win-win for everyone involved. The Epicenter’s participants will have access to more robust mental and physical health services through PSA, such as the nationally recognized art therapy and therapeutic arts program, Art Awakenings. PSA participants will benefit from the work that’s been done in Epicenter to offer early intervention for individuals experiencing symptoms of psychosis,” Marriott said. “PSA is ideally suited to take over the operations of the Epicenter.”

An open house at the PSA Epicenter is scheduled for October 11.