Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI)

Prevention and Early Intervention

Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) for older adults is a program designed to provide short-term mental health treatment to older adults in order to help them manage mild to moderate mental health difficulties, prevent these problems from getting worse, and enhance their quality of life.

Key components:

  • PEI treatment consists of seven evidence-based practices (EBP).  These EBPs are interventions that have been shown to be effective at reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • There are seven EBPs that are available to older adults; these include:
    • Crisis-Oriented Recovery Services
    • Problem Solving Therapy
    • Program to Encourage Rewarding Lives for Seniors
    • Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Interpersonal Therapy
    • Seeking Safety

Who is eligible to receive these services?

Older adults aged 60+ years old that have minor symptoms of depression and/or anxiety that are interfering with their daily functioning. Specifically, early intervention services are directed toward individuals and families for whom a short-term (usually less than one year), relatively low-intensity intervention is appropriate to measurably improve a mental health situation early in its manifestation.

Service Availability

To locate a provider near you, please use our provider locator

Mental Wellness Programs for Older Adults


For additional program information, please contact the Older Adult PEI Administrative direct line (213) 738-2305 or our LACDMH Help Line at (800) 854-7771