Sometimes it’s impossible to check into a mental health treatment facility for 30 days (or longer) and stay on top of the responsibilities of your everyday life. Intensive Outpatient at the Mental Health Center of San Diego is perfect for people who have too many responsibilities to enroll in residential care.
Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program provides a high level of care and all of the treatment aspects of residential programs but still grants you the freedom to return home every night. Our program is ideal for anyone with work, school, or family responsibilities that can’t be put on hold.
Intensive outpatient mental health treatment at MHC San Diego is a level of care that is designed to provide more thorough support than traditional outpatient care, but does not require the 24-hour supervision of inpatient care.
Intensive outpatient treatment programs are designed to provide thorough treatment while allowing patients to maintain their independence. Designed to help individuals who are experiencing an increase in distressing symptoms and behaviors or aren’t progressing in traditional outpatient services. The comprehensive programming and added support foster meaningful improvement and create a solid foundation for clients before they transition to community providers.
Given the vast roles that intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) can perform, individuals who participate in IOPs can come from various referral sources. Several patients in IOP are transitioning from acute care, whereas others may benefit from IOP as the beginning point for their efforts.
An ideal candidate for IOP has:
Intensive outpatient treatment may be the first time an individual receives active treatment in an outpatient setting. Those transitioning from acute treatment have frequently gained vital skills that they may now put to use in an environment that still allows for routine therapeutic sessions.
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Our IOP meets three to five days a week for three hours per day, allowing treatment flexibility around class schedules, work, or other obligations.
Decades of research and experience have proven the advantages of intensive outpatient treatment. Multiple research studies have confirmed the effectiveness of IOP.
IOPs are often used as a step down from inpatient care, or as an alternative to inpatient care for individuals who are not able to commit to a full program. The flexibility and level of attention that are involved in IOP are helpful for people who are deterred from the idea of staying at a facility and can be an effective way to manage mental health issues and promote healing. To learn more about if our Intensive Outpatient Program is right for you or a loved one call the Mental Health Center of San Diego at (858) 258-9883.