5810 Ralston Street, 2nd Floor
Ventura, California  93003
805-642-7732 FAX


1919 Williams St., Suite 200
Simi Valley, CA 93065
805-526-3758 FAX

About VIPS

    VIPS (Ventura early Intervention Prevention Services) is an exciting program offered by Ventura County Behavioral Health in partnership with Telecare Corporation. This program is modeled after the Portland (Maine) Identification and Early Referral (PIER) model and is funded through the Mental Health Services Act.

    Research has indicated that educating the public and community leaders increases the chance that a young person will receive early treatment that can slow the progression of psychosis. VIPS actively outreaches to the communities of Ventura and Simi Valley counties to provide information about early identification and treatment. 

    Just the Basics

    Members: 55+ Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) and their families
    Population Served: Individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 who are at risk for mental illnesses. 
    Funded by: Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), Ventura County Behavioral Health, and Medi-Cal/Medicaid 

    Recovery Model

    Building on traditional ACT standards, Telecare has created a recovery-centered experience for people served. Telecare’s approach is
    based on a belief that recovery can happen. Programs and staff strive to create an environment where a person can choose to recover.
    By connecting to each individual’s core self and trusting it to guide the way, it is possible to awaken the desire to embark on the
    recovery journey.


    VIPS consists of a diverse clinical team trained to assess and treat young people experiencing the early warning signs of psychosis.

    The VIPS team assists young people and their families to build coping skills, reduce stress, and increase performance in all areas of the young person’s life. Consultations and assessments with trained professionals will determine whether an individual could benefit from
    VIPS services.

    Our team will:

    • Educate community members who will help identify young people who are exhibiting the early warning signs of psychosis
    • Conduct confidential assessments specifically designed to identify risk for actual psychosis
    • Provide individualized treatment for the young person and their family

    Services and Supports

    Our services include, but are not limited to:

    • Multi-family groups
    • Psycho-education
    • Psychiatric/medication options
    • Occupational therapy
    • Education and employment support
    • Nursing services
    • Individual plans
    • Individual sessions
    • Medication support services

    Office Hours

    • Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Crisis services include:
      • Children's Intensive Response Team (C.I.R.T.) operates 24 hours/ 7 days a week. 866-431-2478
      • Ventura County Behavioral Health operates a 24 hours/ 7 days a week. 866-998-2243

    Referral Process

    Community members refer young people. Community members who are most likely to help identify these young people include:

    • Staff at high schools and colleges
    • Nurses and physicians
    • Spiritual leaders
    • Police
    • Mental health professionals
    • Community centers

    Admission Criteria

    Individuals must meet any of the warning signs, be 16 - 25 years of age, and live in Ventura and Simi Valley counties.

    The following symptoms are behaviors or feelings that can indicate a temporary reaction to significant stressors, or they can be early signs of a developing psychotic illness. If the young person presents a combination of symptoms, or the symptoms appear to worsen over time, this may indicate the onset of a mental illness.

    • Difficulty in maintaining focus, concentration or memory
    • Hearing sounds or voices, seeing visions, or experiencing strange sensations that others don't perceive
    • Difficulty with conversations or being understood
    • Feeling overly fearful or suspicious
    • Changes in sensitivity to light, sound or touch; decreased sense of smell
    • Dramatic changes in behaviors, ideas, sleep or appetite
    • Withdrawal from friends and family
    • Deterioration in school or work functioning
    • Suicidal Ideations 

    What Makes Us Different

    We celebrate our clients often:

    • Holiday parties
    • Summer program for activities/outings
    • Birthday parties/got a job party

    About Telecare

    Telecare is a family- and employee-owned company that has been treating individuals with serious mental illness since 1965. We specialize in innovative, outcomes-driven services for high-risk individuals with complex needs. Our programs are recovery-focused and clinically effective and are designed in partnership with local, county, state and other behavioral health organizations.