Development of a Boston Treatment Program for Youth at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis: Center for Early Detection, Assessment, and Response to Risk (CEDAR)

Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2018 Sep/Oct;26(5):274-286. doi: 10.1097/HRP.0000000000000181.


Over the past two decades, increasing attention has been given to the importance of early intervention for psychosis. This article describes the development of the Center for Early Detection, Assessment and Response to Risk (CEDAR), which focuses on early identification and treatment of youth at clinical high risk for psychosis. There are relatively few models in the United States for such programs, and we present our developmental story, focusing mainly on the CEDAR Clinic, as a case study of how such a program can develop. We describe the rationale, infrastructure, and services provided at the CEDAR Clinic, and present some descriptive data from the CEDAR Clinic through 2016. A case example is provided to illustrate treatment at CEDAR. We hope that the cultural history of our program's development is informative for clinicians and policy makers as one model of how to build an early intervention service. We believe that this article is timely in view of the growing momentum in the United States for developing programs for intervening as early as possible for youth at clinical high risk for psychosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Early Diagnosis*
  • Early Medical Intervention* / organization & administration
  • Early Medical Intervention* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health Services* / organization & administration
  • Mental Health Services* / statistics & numerical data
  • Program Development* / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychotic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychotic Disorders / therapy*
  • Risk
  • Young Adult