New Behavioral Network Intensive Outpatient Program
What is the IOP Program?
Intensive outpatient (IOP) services were designed by DCMHS to be an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, residential or day treatment. IOP provides community-based mental health or substance abuse intervention to assist the client and the family/caretakers, the school, and other members of the natural helping network to learn skills to deal with existing problems.
What are the program’s objectives?
- Reduce frequency of inpatient psychiatric hospitalization episodes.
- Reduce frequency and duration of behaviors leading to residential treatment or psychiatric hospitalization.
- Increase the number of days between hospital, residential and crisis episodes.
- Increase the frequency of appropriate social contacts made by the client in his/her community, and/or within the psychosocial group.
- Increase the number of consecutive days the client engages in academic, vocational, or other training programs.
Most IOP activities occur in the client’s environment, e.g. home, community and school. Services include, but are not limited to professional therapeutic services, such as individual, group and family treatment, medication evaluation/monitoring and case management. Other activities include individual and group therapeutic recreation, parent and school consultation, behavior management, psychosocial activities, crisis availability and transportation. Collaborative planning activities with other agencies active with the child and his/her support system are also required.
Services are available to the family 24-hours per day and are tailored to the individual needs of the client and family. Since many IOP clients have no supportive family available to them, part of the IOP service helps the client identify a support system.
Each MH IOP team currently consists of a master’s level clinician and at least one (preferably two) para-professional (less than Master’s degree) community interventionists working together as a team under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. A psychiatrist is also part of the team.
We do not take insurance for these services and the program is only offered in Newport, Delaware