Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis

The Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP-MUHC) offers community-based, tertiary care, treatment for people between 16-35 years of age, who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis. Our principal goal is to provide our patients and their families with quick and easy access to treatment; to reduce delay in initiating treatment and to promote early integration into their respective roles.

The PEPP- MUHC accepts referrals from the community (consumers, families, health care professionals, schools), who are living in our catchment area. We follow patients for up to 2 years, and then refer them on to either first or second line services for further follow up and treatment.

Screening assessment

The screening clinician will respond to the patient or referral source within 5 working days and in most cases within 3 days. If there is any indication that the person may be experiencing psychotic symptoms, a screening interview will be offered.

Services offered

  • Rapid assessment, crisis-oriented initiation of treatment
  • Community-based case management; integrated approach; outreach; rapid response; continuous case review
  • Group intervention
  • Psycho educational multifamily group
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy

Training and education

Our program offers training to interested senior McGill Psychiatry residents, Occupational Therapy Students, Nursing Students and Social Work students. All of our staff participates in ongoing continuing education specific to their discipline.

Research and innovation

We are affiliated with PEPP-Montreal at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and with the FEP-program at the Jewish General Hospital, both of McGill University. Together we carry out a number of collaborative research projects to better understand the nature and treatment of first episode psychosis. Patients and/or their families are not required to participate in a research project to be admitted to PEPP. Research participation is voluntary.


Dr. Howard Margolese, Psychiatrist and Director, PEPP-MUHC

Dr. Julie Desmarais, Psychiatrist

Antoinetta Spinelli, Psychiatric Nurse Clinician/Case Manager

Gabriel Miclette, Psychiatric Nurse Clinician/Case Manager

Ronna Schwartz, M.A.O.T.R., Occupational Therapist/Case Manager

Ann Wenzel, Social Services

Luisa DiBenedetto, Administrative Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I come with somebody to the assessment? 

Answer – Absolutely. You are in fact encouraged to bring a family member or friend with you, but you can also decide to come alone. It is up to you.

2. Will the information I provide be kept confidential?

Answer – Your hospital information is kept confidential according to the laws of Quebec.

3. Who will I see?

Answer – On your first visit, you will see one or more of the team members listed above.

4. If I use drugs, including cannabis, can I still come for an evaluation?

Answer – Absolutely.

5. If I cannot wait to be seen and feel I need to speak to someone right away what are my options?

Answer – If you cannot wait to be seen, then we encourage you to go to the emergency room of the Montreal General Hospital which is open 24/7, 365 days a year for a more rapid evaluation of your condition.


Contact us

Anyone wishing to make a referral should communicate with PEPP- MUHC at:

telephone Tel: (514) 934-1934 ext: 31672 or 34599

Fax: (514) 843-2898


Mailing Address:

addressPEPP MUHC
Allan Memorial Institute
1025 Pine Ave West
Montreal QC, H3A 1A1