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Intensive Outpatient Programs

IOPs are a more progressive approach to traditional outpatient therapy when you see a therapist once or twice a week in their office. An IOP is a different type of therapy (both group and individual) where a patient is in therapy for three hours a day, three days a week. 

We offer IOPs for the following conditions:

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Frequently asked questions

What is an IOP?

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a short-term treatment for mental health or substance use disorders. An IOP allows for more frequent therapy, both individually and in a group setting, and within a shorter timeframe.

Treatment consists of group therapy, led by a therapist, but may also include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Skill training
  • Care coordination
How long is IOP treatment?

IOP sessions are three days per week for three hours a day. On average, a person is enrolled in an IOP for 4 – 12 weeks, depending on their individual needs.

How should I prepare for an IOP?

Like traditional mental health therapy, the only necessity is to arrive with an open mind and have the desire to make positive changes.

Are IOPs available for all ages?

IOPs are available for adolescents and adults. Adolescent IOPs start at age 12 and adult programming is for individuals 18 and older. IOPs for children 5 – 11 are only offered during the summer.

What disorders does an IOP treat?

IOP treats all mental health and substance use disorders. We offer general mental health and substance use programs, along with specialty programming such as women’s trauma, eating disorders, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Is an IOP part of a step-down treatment plan?

An IOP is designed as an intermediate service, bridging the gap between outpatient and inpatient levels of care. While clients are often stepping down from an inpatient or a residential facility, it is not always the case nor is it a requirement.

What happens when an IOP is complete?

Your IOP team will discuss discharge planning throughout the duration of your therapy. Our team will ensure you have a plan before you leave IOP. This plan may be helping you connect with your established provider or finding you a new one that meets your needs.

Is an IOP covered by my insurance?

An IOP requires prior authorization from insurance payors. This authorization is handled by our team before you begin your treatment.

I work. Can I still do an IOP?

Absolutely. Our IOP sessions are offered at different times to accommodate schedules. Our therapists also have experience providing FMLA and short-term disability paperwork. We will work with you to ensure you receive the care you need and deserve.

I want to continue to see my individual therapist. Can I do both?

Of course! In fact, it is encouraged. If you need help getting connected with an individual therapist, we will gladly provide recommendations and assist with scheduling.

I am recommended for medication management. Will you communicate with my provider?

Yes, you may continue seeing your current provider. If needed, we can connect you with a PBHI prescriber within the second or third week of IOP.

Is there an attendance policy for IOP?

Yes. We understand life happens, but if you miss more than two IOP sessions, we will re-evaluate if an IOP is the best fit for you. Our groups are built on mutual trust, respect and accountability. We want you and other attendees to be successful in the group, therefore we do monitor your attendance in IOP.

How can I get started with an IOP?

A referral is not needed to enroll in an IOP. For more information on the intensive outpatient programs available, call 260-481-2700.