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Intensive Outpatient Program:

For Adults

The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Cedar Springs Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., serves as an alternative to and or transition from inpatient care, residential treatment and partial hospitalization. IOP offers adults much of the intensity of therapy and intervention available at higher levels of care but the convenience of remaining at home and at work during the day and weekends which helps them to apply the skills they have learned to their daily lives. The goal of IOP is to prevent the worsening of psychiatric symptoms and to assist the person to be able to return to full participation in the community. The program is provided Monday through Thursday from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m for adults 18 years or older.

Advantages of IOP

  • Patient continues to live at home, but comes to the hospital for care
  • Weekly psychiatric oversight and supervision
  • Multi-disciplinary treatment team
  • Less intensive, less expensive alternative to hospitalization

IOP Treatment Staff

  • Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Licensed Social Worker/Therapist

IOP Services 

  • Individual meetings with a psychiatrist
  • Group counseling sessions
  • Medication Management
  • Case Management for successful reintegration into the community
  • Comprehensive Discharge Plan

Each patient has a treatment team that develops, in consultation with the patient, a plan of care that outlines the treatment goals and activities based on identified needs of the individual patient.

Treatment activities may include:

  • Illness education: teaching the patient and family the causes, symptoms, medication management and treatments of the diagnosed illness
  • Goal setting
  • Medication education
  • Life skill management
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Effective communication skills
  • Coping skills
  • Setting and attaining goals
  • Substance abuse
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Healthy self-esteem
  • Other issues relevant to continues wellness

At the time of discharge, the patient receives a discharge plan detailing instructions for medications and outpatient follow-up services in the community.