Welcome to Wings CSC

We specialize in a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) program that provides support to youth and young adults experiencing first-episode psychosis
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What is Wings

Wings is a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) program that provides support to youth and young adults experiencing first-episode psychosis.

Through connections to community-based services, the Wings program is designed to instill hope and empower participants to lead a self-directed life within the community. This program is state-funded and comes at no cost to participants.

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What is first-episode psychosis?

Psychosis refers to a collection of symptoms that impact the brain. During an episode of psychosis, a person’s thoughts and perceptions are disrupted and they have increased difficulty recognizing what is real and what is not.

A person will often show changes in their behavior before psychosis develops. Behavioral warning signs for psychosis include:

  • Suspiciousness, paranoid ideas, or uneasiness with others.
  • Trouble thinking clearly and logically.
  • Withdrawing socially and spending a lot more time alone.
  • Unusual or overly intense ideas, strange feelings, or a lack of feelings.
  • Decline in self-care or personal hygiene.
  • Disruption of sleep, including difficulty falling asleep, and reduced sleep time.
  • Difficulty telling reality from fantasy.
  • Confused speech or trouble communicating.
  • A sudden drop in grades or job performance.

First-episode psychosis can be confusing and scary not only for the person experiencing it, but also for their family, friends, and others who care for them. It can also be challenging to know if a person is experiencing psychosis or not. It is okay if you are not sure. The Wings team is available for support and can help determine if you or someone you care about is experiencing first-episode psychosis.


Hallucinations are things you hear, see, smell, taste, or feel that no one else can hear, see, smell, taste, or feel. Hearing voices is the most common type of hallucination.


Delusions are false beliefs that seem real to the individual experiencing them. A person experiencing delusions may believe that other people are spying on them, or that someone wants to harm them or someone they care about.

Confused Thinking

Confused thinking is a change in the way a person thinks. Thoughts may be very fast or slow, they may stop suddenly, or the person might feel that the thoughts are outside of their control. These thoughts may show up as disorganized speech, such as shifting rapidly from one topic to another.

The Wings CSC program is jointly managed by Forward Learning Youth & Young Adults (FLYY) and Chrysalis in Madison, WI.

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FLYY serves as a catalysis for youth and young adults as they transform their outlook, develop coping skills, and build resilience.

Chrysalis promotes mental health and substance abuse recovery in our community by supporting work opportunities that encourage hope, healing and wellness.