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The HOPE Program

The HOPE Program is a comprehensive intervention program for people who have experienced the first episode of psychosis.


Program Overview

The HOPE Program is a comprehensive intervention program for people who have experienced the first episode of psychosis. Symptoms of psychosis cause of loss of reality and can include hallucinations (sensing things that others don’t), delusions (false beliefs), and confused thinking and communication (disorganized speech). The HOPE Program treats diagnoses including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophreniform disorder. Treatment in the HOPE Program is provided by a team of mental health professionals who focus on helping people work toward personal goals and recovery. The HOPE Program uses NAVIGATE, an empirically-supported intervention model, to accomplish these goals.

The HOPE Program helps individuals and their families navigate the road to recovery by supporting efforts to function well at home, on the job, at school, and in the social world. The program’s philosophy is based on the belief that individuals can learn to cope effectively with symptoms and stressors.

The HOPE Program includes multiple mental health and wellbeing services:

  • Individual therapy focused on learning and practicing new skills for resiliency and recovery
  • Individualized psychiatric medication evaluation and management services
  • Supported employment and education to support maintaining and/or resuming work and school activities
  • Family therapy and education focused on a variety of recovery-oriented topics
  • Psychiatric case management to assist with accessing additional community resources
  • Peer support focused around recovery goals, resiliency, and self-care strategies for the patient
  • Family peer support to promote resilience and self-care, and provide resources for family members and loved ones.

We are located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, on Hennepin Healthcare's (HCMC) main campus. Our team is comprised of highly-trained and NAVIGATE model certified, multidisciplinary staff including psychiatry, psychology, mental health professionals, employment and education specialists, psychiatric caseworkers, and certified peer support specialists.

Admission Criteria

The HOPE Program serves individuals who are:

  • onset of psychotic symptoms within the last two years,
  • less than 12 cumulative months on antipsychotic medications,
  • diagnoses of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or schizophreniform disorder,
  • and interested in learning skills to live a rich and rewarding life.

Use the NAVIGATE screening assessment tool for full inclusion and exclusion criteria. If the diagnostic appropriateness is unknown, please contact the HOPE Program for an evaluation and consultation with the team.

Online Resources

  • – Find helpful information about the signs of, and treatment for, psychosis.
  • Understanding a first episode of psychosis for caregivers (PDF) | SAMSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • NAMI – NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.
  • Hennepin County – Find helpful information for people who are in the midst of a mental health crisis.
  • Psychiatry Family Resource Center – Find information about mental health at Hennepin Healthcare on our family resource portal.

Hospital-based care

This is a hospital-based clinic owned by Hennepin Healthcare. Many insurance plans pay for health care services provided in a hospital-based clinic differently than those provided in a doctor’s office. Your insurance may require that you meet your annual deductible and/or require that you pay a percentage of the bill rather than just an office visit co-payment. You should check with your insurance company if you have any questions. Read the Frequently asked questions about hospital-based clinics to learn more.


To schedule an intake or request additional information, please call 612-873-5692.
Fax: 612-873-6794

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