Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program
- Program Overview
- Who is Approriate for IOP
- Program Hours
- Admission Guidelines
- Our Expert Clinical Team
The Psychiatric Day Treatment Program (Intensive Outpatient Program or IOP) consists primarily of Group Therapy sessions led by clinical therapists. IOP is a three (3) hour, “half-day” treatment program. The goals of the groups are to provide information and new skills that will allow you to make progress in coping more effectively with current problems and difficulties in your life. We accept referrals from outpatient sources including psychiatrists and other outpatient providers and other facilities, in addition to serving referrals from within the Centura health network.
We offer two Mental Health-Intensive Outpatient Programs in our system; each serves a slightly different population. The programs are different and may not be chosen by the participant based upon time preferences. All admissions will be based upon clinical assessment and medical necessity. Participants will be assigned to a program based upon their symptoms and level of functioning as assessed by IOP staff, not by time preference; while similar, these programs are not interchangeable.
Those who are between the ages of 19 and 65 and who are currently participating in outpatient therapy. We see adults with Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, and other behavioral health disorders.
This is a Skills-Based program. We do not do traditional therapy; there is very little exploration or review of history. We focus on the use of Dialectical behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), emphasizing learning better coping skills and finding solutions to current problems. If you’re seeking extensive talk therapy or deep processing of emotions, this is not the program for you.
- Morning IOP is designed for adults age 19 and older with a primary Axis I Mood Disorder (Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, etc.) who are either stepping down from an acute hospitalization or as a step up from an outpatient level of care. It is an active, directive, structured program designed to help participants resume an active lifestyle. Participants start Morning IOP attending each Program Day for the first 2 weeks, and then taper down gradually to assess their ability to function with gradually decreasing levels of support and to give them an opportunity to practice their new skills prior to discharge from the program and transition to a lower level of care (outpatient services). Participants may also start to return to work on a limited basis when nearing discharge from the program. The average length of stay is approximately six weeks.
9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Daily
- Afternoon IOP is designed for adults age 19 or older who are either stepping down from an acute hospitalization or as a step up from an outpatient level of care and who have more cognitive limitations and have different lifestyle needs compared to the participants in the Morning IOP. It is also an active, directive program, but with a slower pace, emphasizing skills that are more basic, and at a slower pace. The average length of stay is 8-12 weeks. Because this program only runs three days a week (M,W,Th), participants generally attend every Program Day until discharge. Participants are expected to engage in prescribed activities on their days away from IOP.
1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday
You may call the IOP Coordinator at 303-778-5770 with questions and to schedule an Intake Assessment. For additional program information, please see Participant Guide and Program Schedule for the Morning IOP and Program Schedule for the Afternoon IOP. We’re happy to speak with and answer questions from friends and family member, but the prospective participant must be the one to initiate the call to schedule an intake appointment.
We can usually assess and admit referrals within a few days after we receive a completed Referral Sheet, a detailed voicemail, or other clinical information (a dictated Psychiatric H&P or other written information). Facilities may fax records instead of a Referral Sheet. You may find additional information about the Day Treatment program in the Professional Referral Guide. Our fax number is 303-765-3701.
The best way to make a referral to the Day Treatment Program at Porter Hospital is to:
- Complete and fax back a Referral Sheet (be sure to call and report the referral) or leave a detailed voicemail for the IOP Coordinator at 303-778-5770.
- After faxing the Referral Sheet or leaving a detailed voicemail for the IOP Coordinator, have the patient call the IOP Coordinator at 303-778-5770 to do a telephone screening and schedule an Intake Assessment.
- Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatrists
- Registered Nurses
- Occupational Therapists
- Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
- Mental Health Counselors