Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOP service is designed to be a “step-down” program for individuals completing the PHP or similar program or when more structured care is needed when psychiatric symptoms worsen but daily treatment is unnecessary. IOP provides comprehensive outpatient services for adults experiencing psychiatric problems that can be managed by attending three or less days a week of structured supportive treatment that is four hours in duration. Individual/group therapy, psychiatric evaluation, psychological/social assessment and medication management services are provided as well as transportation, lunch and snacks. The goal of the program is to assist participants to (1) avoid decompensation related to an exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms that would otherwise require PHP- level or higher services by stabilizing current presenting symptoms, (2) continue to develop positive coping skills and modify troublesome behaviors in a structured and supportive outpatient setting after completion of PHP services and (3) establish and maintain a plan for ongoing recovery and independent functioning in the community.


•             Avoid need for PHP or hospital services through early intervention
•             Attend treatment while living at home
•             Develop coping skills for maintaining in the community
•             Understanding your diagnosis
•             Management of side effects of medications
•             Learn problem-solving and conflict management skills
•             Improve life skills and activities of daily living
•             Decrease social isolation
•             Improve understanding of mental illness and its management

Individualized treatment plan is developed for each participant to address the medical, psychiatric, psychological and social needs of the individual at their level of care. The comprehensive treatment program includes:

•             Complete medical, psychiatric, psychological and social/family evaluation
•             Bi-monthly psychiatric assessment by attending psychiatrist
•             Bi-monthly individual psychotherapy
•             Daily group psychotherapy
•             Evaluation and management of psychiatric medications
•             Community/family resources need assessment and coordination
•             Activities to promote socialization
•            Improve understanding  of mental illness and its management