The Adult Outpatient Clinic Program is designed for people 18 years of age and older with mild to moderate mental health problems in at least one area of daily life resulting from psychological/psychiatric symptoms that interfere with social, vocational, familial, occupational and/or emotional functioning. People receiving these services are able to safely maintain themselves in the community with once or twice a week contact and support from a mental health professional and are motivated to attend, engage and use treatment. AOC level of care is for people who are not a danger to themselves or others.
The AOC program acts as the first line of evaluation, intervention and support for persons first experiencing mental illness symptoms, eg, thought disorder or mood disorder, having a re-occurrence of mental illness or needing a lower level of care after a course of day-treatment or an episode of hospitalization. Our staffs of licensed professionals and doctors provide a supportive and compassionate environment where the latest advances in evidence-based mental health outpatient treatment helps clients develop the tools to cope successfully and avoid a hospitalization.
The AOC program focuses on assisting people at improving symptom management, coping and problem solving skills that will allow them to continue to be successful in the community, ie, at home, at work, at school and with family. Services are in the form of 1) individual psychotherapy that occurs once or twice a week, 2) weekly group psychotherapy and psycho-education, if indicated 3) ongoing psychiatric evaluation, psychological/social assessment and medication evaluation/management.
The goals of the programs are to 1) Keep symptoms under control while maintaining continued independent participation in daily life 2) Stabilize symptoms after an exacerbation so that a higher level of care is not needed 3) Provide ongoing evaluation, support and structure to prevent symptoms from interfering with life goals and 4) Assist with ongoing links to community services, health care, financial and transportation resources.
· Attend treatment while living at home
· Improved understanding of mental illness and its management
· Access to the latest information and education on mental health
· Learn positive symptom management, coping and self-care skills
· Keep problems and symptoms from becoming overwhelming
· Prevent interruption to work or school or family life
· Have monthly medication supervision and management (if needed)
An individualized treatment plan is developed for each participant to address the medical, psychiatric, psychological and social/family needs of the person. The comprehensive treatment program includes:
· Complete medication, psychiatric, psychological, social/family evaluation
· Weekly individual psychotherapy
· Weekly group psychotherapy (if needed)
· Monthly family therapy (if needed)
· Monthly medication management (if needed)
· Community resource needs assessment and coordination