Intensive Outpatient Therapy

If you or a loved one is in need of all-encompassing care in order to address mental health concerns, behavioral health problems, or chemical dependency issues, please do not hesitate to contact Clark Memorial Health's Behavioral Health treatment team. Knowledgeable and compassionate staff members are available to assist in choosing the right program. By receiving treatment in our Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program, healing and lasting recovery can be within your or your loved one’s reach.

What does Intensive Outpatient Therapy mean?

Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP) is a structured group therapy program that offers comprehensive care for patients age 18 and up struggling with mental disorders, and chemical dependency issues. Patients may be asked to schedule individual and family sessions as needed.

What is the purpose of IOP?

IOP provides a less restrictive level of care compared to inpatient or residential treatment.

How often do I have to come to IOP?

Due to intensive nature of the program, participants are expected to be present three days a week for 3 hour sessions per day. With consistent participation, patients receive medication management approximately one time per month.

Who can attend IOP?

Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia and Chemical Dependency are just some of the disorders treated through therapy and medication management. Some individuals may be struggling with 2 or more disorders.

How can I schedule an intake into the IOP program?

Patients are commonly referred to IOP through the emergency room, family doctors, inpatient units, insurance companies, friends and self-referrals.

What happens during the Intake?

During the initial intake appointment, patients will have a comprehensive assessment with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

A thorough assessment includes a complete history of the symptoms that are causing an individual problems with functioning on a daily basis. This could include symptom history, trauma, medications, diet and nutrition, family interactions and any other factors impacting one’s ability to function on a daily basis. Once the assessment is complete, the LCSW will determine the most appropriate level of care based on the patient’s needs.

What happens when I join IOP?

If admitted to IOP, the patient and LCSW will develop a treatment plan tailored to specific goals and objectives. Progress towards these goals will be measured and adjusted as needed.

What will be on my treatment plan?

Medication Management: Your psychiatrist may suggest medication that will alleviate the symptoms that are causing some of the problems in daily functioning. 

Group Therapy: These sessions are led by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to assist a patient with learning new coping skills. It also provides an environment that helps people give and receive support from others who may be experiencing similar problems in life.

Individual Therapy:  Individual sessions are time for the patient to meet one-on-one with the therapist. These sessions are in a confidential setting and help address any issues of concern for the patient to discuss with the therapist.

Family Therapy: In most cases, family involvement in treatment can be extremely helpful. This is a time for family members to become educated about mental health and chemical dependency issues and it is also a time to repair any damage the family unit has experienced in a caring supportive environment. Also, families are educated on ways to assist the patient with the recovery process.

What should I expect on my first day?

The patient will attend group therapy and will have a medication management appointment with a psychiatrist on their first day. The individual will then choose three days of the week they can attend on a consistent basis. The individual will receive medication management approximately 1 time per month with consistent therapy meetings.

How long will I be in IOP?

Patients typically remain in IOP for 8-10 weeks, or longer depending on the individual’s progress and needs. An after-care plan that includes individual outpatient therapy and continuing medication management will be developed before an individual graduates from the program.