Flexible Outpatient Care
Garland Behavioral Hospital has introduced an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for patients that need treatment but do not need around-the-clock care.
Our IOP is designed for adult mental health patients experiencing emotional distress that impacts their ability to function in at least one or more areas of their life. Often, they’re experiencing issues like anxiety, depression or other common mental health disorders and need treatment from medical professionals who understand their specific mental health issues and how to get to the root of the problem.
Patients in intensive outpatient care also need an adequate support system and protective factors to provide stability for recovery that they can only find at a professional, highly-qualified treatment center with support groups and evidence-based medical treatment.
Mental health issues are not something anyone should face alone, and an IOP provides the type of support necessary for patients to overcome the everyday challenges of a mental health disorder in a setting that encourages positive growth.
An Intensive Outpatient Program is designed with flexibility in mind. The freedom provided by an IOP allows patients to live their lives and not interrupt their daily routine while receiving high quality mental health treatment from medical professionals.
IOPs only meet a few days a week – three days a week at Garland Behavioral Health – and for just a few hours. Benefits of an IOP could include a patient working and coming to our IOP for mental health treatment or living at home with family members while getting the intensive outpatient treatment that they need three days a week.
This is in stark contrast to inpatient treatment, where, in most cases, patients are supervised 24-hours a day and given very limited freedom. An IOP combines the structure and necessities of inpatient treatment with the freedom of regular life.
Our mental health patient programs are designed to meet the needs of the patient, and an IOP is the program best designed for flexibility when it comes to treatment options and levels of care.
Why Choose an IOP After Inpatient or PHP Treatment?
A mental health IOP is a less restrictive level of care than our Partial Hospitalization Program and meets with lesser frequency, offering patients greater flexibility in how they incorporate treatment and individual therapy into their busy lives.
Many patients will step down into IOP from our PHP program or another inpatient treatment program. This allows patients who have received higher levels of care to work their way back to regular life while also maintaining a connection to treatment and much needed support from people who understand what they are going through.
The longer someone receives treatment, the more likely it is that they are to recover, and step-down systems are a great way to extend treatment while also moving forward in life.
An IOP can be the first step in the journey to return to regular life after time in an inpatient program or PHP and can make the transition much easier for a patient.
What to Expect at Garland Behavioral Health’s IOP
Whether an IOP is where you start in the journey to recovery, or a step-down from a higher level of care, patients in our IOP will see a psychiatrist within the first two days of admission and at least once a month from there. This assures that patients are receiving the necessary help for their individual needs through individual and group therapies, while also ensuring a medical professional is involved to watch for signs of progress or regression.
Garland Behavioral Hospital’s IOP meets three days a week from 9:00 a.m. to noon, but the days of the week are flexible and based on your schedule. Our excellent outpatient team will work with you to find the three weekdays that work best for your schedule so that you can receive outpatient treatment without sacrificing other important aspects of your everyday life.
At Garland Behavioral Hospital, we’re here to help you, and our Intensive Outpatient Program is designed to meet your needs, whatever they may be.
Get Help Today
Counselors at Garland Behavioral Hospital are available 24/7 to provide confidential, no-cost assessments for you or your family. Call (972) 487-5309 to schedule a mental health assessment, or use our online contact form to obtain additional details about our programs. In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.