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Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry Program

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IOP is a short-term program that provides an "intermediate level of mental healthcare" for individuals age 18 and older whose clinical needs go beyond routine outpatient mental health therapy or counseling, with a goal of preventing individuals with severe mental health symptoms from requiring an inpatient psychiatric hospital stay.

ACMC's Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry (IOP) program allows individuals to remain at home and maintain family and work responsibilities while they receive the care and support they need. The IOP program utilizes various methods in the treatment of patients combining both cognitive and behavioral approaches, with a focus on gaining insight and awareness and developing strategies for patients to cope with mental health symptoms.

The program can also be used as a "step-down" for individuals upon discharge from an inpatient psychiatric facility who may require a higher level of care than routine outpatient services offers. IOP offers:

  • Regular, structured group programming, as well as one-on-one treatment.
  • Nine hours a week of intensive, small group therapy for six to eight weeks provided by a licensed independent social worker (LISW).
  • Weekly visits from a psychiatrist to monitor progress.
  • Shuttle service, if needed, to and from IOP.

Program Structure

The program runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. For maximum benefit, it is critical that patients attend the IOP on the days they are assigned. We believe that patients will enhance their progress by participating daily in each group session. While participating in the IOP, your therapist will be your primary contact for most one-on-one concerns. Under most circumstances, all patients will see our psychiatrist within the first few days for an initial evaluation. This first visit is more in-depth, while follow-up meetings will be brief check-ins.

How Do I Know if I Need to Take Part in IOP?

An Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry program can help people for whom persistent mental health symptoms, such as depression or anxiety, are interfering with the ability to function in daily life. An IOP may also benefit individuals who feel hopeless and have been unable to improve that feeling.

Insurance Coverage

Most insurance plans will cover IOP services. We will help to verify benefits. There may be co-pays for the patient. If the patient meets financial limits, we may be able to adjust this to meet specific financial needs.