Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System / by Joe Furia

After an encounter with law enforcement and a few short stays in psychiatric facilities, Hudson Meek was referred to the First Episode Center, an outpatient center that is part of the Maricopa Integrated Health System. At the First Episode Center patients experience a new approach to mental healthcare. Care plans include medication but also therapy and help with getting back into school or work. Hudson Meek now visits the First Episode Center about once a month. He takes his medication, works and pursues his passion just like any other 20-year-old.