Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
A comprehensive interdisciplinary program of an array of direct mental health and rehabilitation services which are expected to improve or maintain an individual condition and functioning level for prevention, relapse or hospitalization. Services provided to individuals who are diagnosed as severely emotionally disturbed or seriously, mentally ill.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a treatment program used primarily in a group setting to treat things such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, self-harm, chemical dependency, etc., that does not rely on detoxification.
Intensive outpatient programs provide a multi-disciplinary treatment team consisting of a psychiatrist, counselor and/or social worker who provide a comprehensive approach to help you cope with your problems. It involves group therapy where you will learn to identify and cope with relationship problems, enhance problem solving skills and learn new ways to adapt to individuals’ problems. Individual counseling and family or marital therapy, along with psychiatric medication management may also occur. A typical IOP program offers group and individual services for about 10 to 12 hours a week. These services are provided for less than 3 hours per day, up to five days per week, and are like services provided in the hospital.