Purpose: Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) focuses interventions and programs for individuals across the life span prior to the onset of a serious emotional/behavioral disorder or mental illness.
Prevention includes programs provided prior to a diagnosis for a mental illness.
Early Intervention includes programs that improve a mental health problem very early, avoiding the need for more extensive treatment, or that prevent a problem from getting worse.
PEI Programs strive to meet the following goals:
To prevent a mental health problem from getting worse and to avoid more extensive treatment
To reduce stigma and discrimination
To improve access to services
To reduce risk factors and stressors for children
To support well-being and reduce suffering of children and families
Reduce psychosocial impacts of trauma
Increase support overall for help-seeking behaviors in natural settings (i.e., schools, home, church, etc.)
Reduction and prevention of suicide risk
Visit the PEI Programs page to learn more about Merced County's approved PEI Programs or contact the MHSA Coordinator at