Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI)


The role of Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) is two-fold:

  • To take action prior to the development of serious mental health issues; and
  • To catch mental health issues in their earliest stages to prevent long-term suffering.

PEI seeks to reduce risk factors and build protective factors which increase resiliency, interpersonal connections and raise the general level of health and well being for individuals, families and community. The role of PEI is applicable through the lifespan from young childhood to older adulthood.

Local Programs

The following programs were developed through the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Community Planning Process. Each of these programs has been approved by the Ongoing Planning Council, the local stakeholder group responsible for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Planning, and by the MHSA Oversight and Accountability Commission.

To view all of our programs, please visit

Plan Requirements

The PEI Community Planning Process required local stakeholders to recognize the following parameters for this funding stream:

  • All ages must be served;
  • At least 51% of the funds must serve children and youth ages 0-25 years;
  • Disparities in access to services for underserved ethnic communities must be addressed;
  • All regions of the county must have access to services;
  • Early intervention should generally be low-intensity and short duration;
  • Early intervention may be somewhat higher in intensity and longer in duration for individuals experiencing first onset of psychosis associated with serious mental illness.

Additional Information 

For more information about PEI in Alameda County, please contact Kelly Robinson at