Who should you refer to Turning Point?

Turning Point services are designed for young adults, aged 16 to 25, who have recently experienced an initial psychotic episode. Diagnostically, the population targeted will have:

  • schizophreniform,
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorder NOS

We recognize that due to diagnostic uncertainty that final diagnosis may not be schizophreniform, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder; once someone is accepted they can remain in the program up until the point where an effective transition occurs and appropriate services are identified.

The following are guidelines to help decide whom to refer to Turning Point.  Acceptance into the program will be based on further screening and eligibility assessment. The team can provide consultation or occasionally consider accepting individuals by exception if they do not meet one of the guidelines.

Candidates must meet all of the following:

1. Resident of Fairfax County   

2. Between 16 & 25 years old

3. The person has an IQ of 80 or above.

4. The person has experienced frank psychotic symptoms for not more than 24 months (two years).

5. Psychotic symptoms are not known to be caused by the temporary effects of substance intoxication, brain injury, affective psychosis (due to major depression, mania) or to a known medical condition.

Must meet 6A and at least one of 6 B-E.

6.   The individual has experienced a marked change and onset of symptoms in the last 12 months:

      a. Significant change in academic/vocational functioning, social functioning and/or personal hygiene. _________(Must meet)

      b. Thought disorganization as evidenced by disorganized speech and or/ writing.(Examples: confused conversations, not making sense, difficulty directing sentences to goal, never getting to a point, unintelligible).

                c.  Behaviors, speech or beliefs are uncharacteristic for the individual and/or bizarre for the individual’s culture.

                d. Complains of hearing voices or sounds that others do not hear.

                e. The individual feels that other people are putting thoughts in their head, stealing their thoughts, believes others can read their mind (or vice versa), and/or hear their own thoughts out loud.


What is the objective of Turning Point?

Turning Point helps individuals and their families respond to the impact of a psychotic disorder, avoid psychiatric hospitalization, and resume work or school.