Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
What is IOP?
Intensive outpatient programming (IOP) is a level of behavioral healthcare that is typically more structured and intensive than traditional weekly therapy. It is designed for individuals who need more treatment and support than can be provided through traditional outpatient services, but who do not require the level of care provided through residential or inpatient treatment.
IOP typically involves supported groups, individual therapy sessions, and family therapy programming that is conducted several times per week.
The goal of IOP is to provide individuals with the support and treatment they need to manage their mental health issues and achieve lasting recovery, while still allowing them to maintain their daily routines and responsibilities.
What is Virtual IOP?
Virtual intensive outpatient programming (IOP) is a type of IOP that is conducted remotely and securely. It allows individuals to participate in structured groups, individual therapy, and family therapy from the comfort of their own home.
Virtual IOP can be an effective alternative to in-person IOP for individuals who may have difficulty accessing traditional treatment due to geographic or transportation barriers, or who prefer the convenience and flexibility of receiving treatment remotely.
By bringing young people with similar mental health challenges together, we’re able to create group environments where clients can learn how to build connections and foster long-term healing.
One-on-one connections are critical to the IOP model, which is why each client’s unique treatment plan includes a primary therapist for weekly individual sessions.
The #1 predictor of success in IOP is family involvement. Our family therapy component teaches communication and coping skills to create a more supportive home environment.
IOP at Charlie Health: A Pioneering Approach
Offered at hospitals, residential facilities, and other brick and mortar locations.
This forces young people and families to commute to and from treatment multiple times per week.
The ability to access mental healthcare from home allows many people to feel safer and more comfortable opening up their struggles. Plus, virtual treatment means that teens and young people don't need to miss out on school, work, or other responsibilities in order to receive the care they need.
When services are limited to what's nearby, compatibility isn't guaranteed.
In most IOPs clients are grouped together based on one factor: where they live. This is usually not the best treatment environment for teens and young adults who would benefit from personalized groups in order to feel seen, heard, and safe throughout their time in IOP.
We are the first intensive outpatient treatment provider to use information collected at intake in combination with a proprietary algorithm to match clients into groups with peers they can relate to. This allows us to break down the barriers of traditional intensive outpatient programs and help teens and young adults connect with peers who are navigating similar mental health issues. Connection heals.
Simply put, in-person treatment is expensive for many families
The cost associated with this treatment is too high to be sustainable, forcing them to choose between financial and mental health. And for those without commercial insurance, IOP is even less accessible.
At Charlie Health, we are proud to partner with major insurance providers and Medicaid in order to make IOP care available to as many teens and young adults as possible. Before intake to our program, all insurance and potential financial obligations are verified by our team. We then review any and all potential costs with clients. The ability to pay should never be a barrier to care.
The core mental health issues our IOP supports
Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, phobias
ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, codependency, relationship addiction, sex addiction, conduct disorder
Major depression, melancholic depression, atypical depression, seasonal affective disorder, persistent depressive disorder
Dissociative identity disorder, dissociative amnesia, psychosis, depersonalization-derealization disorder
Disruptive mood disorder, bipolar I, bipolar II, dissociative identity disorder, schizophrenia
Avoidant personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, impulsive personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, and histrionic personality disorder
Substance Use & Mental Health
Alcohol, cannabis, prescription drugs, stimulants, cocaine, opioids, inhalants, hallucinogens, tobacco
Technology and Online Addiction
Internet addiction, gaming addiction, social media addiction, gambling addiction
Our Intensive Outpatient Programming
Our data-driven approach to treatment planning combines the unique needs of each client with cutting-edge, evidence-based care modalities for optimal outcomes.
Our virtual IOP utilizes skills-based, experiential, and psychoeducational groups that are rooted in clinical best practices and trauma-informed care.
Adolescent IOP Schedule - PM Option
Here’s an example of a typical week of Charlie Health programming for teens
How much time will I spend in virtual IOP?
- 3 hours of supported groups, 3 days per week
- 1-2 hours of family therapy per week
- 1 hour of individual therapy per week
What kinds of groups are available?
Clients are matched into groups based on age, maturity, and experiences to ensure a safe, supportive, and affirmative space for healing. Some of our curated IOP group tracks include:
- Victims of bullying
- Screen addictions
- Female-identifying trauma
- Substance use: active recovery
- LGBTQIA+ advocacy
- Body image
- Split-second decision making
- BIPOC-affirming care
Charlie Health’s IOP program fills a key gap within the behavioral health continuum of care
Emergency departments are overrun and under-equipped. Traditional therapy lacks urgency and focus. The solution? Care that meets you in the middle.
Mental Health Crisis
Mental Health Concerns
Our evidence-based approaches to IOP
By bringing young people with similar mental health challenges together, we’re able to create group environments where clients can learn how to build connections and foster long-term healing. Our team of mental health professionals guides each group through evidence-based therapeutic and psychoeducational practices that align with the unique needs of the group.
In total, clients engage in 9 to 11 hours of care each week, all from home.
One-on-one connections are critical to the IOP treatment model. That’s why we pair each client with a primary therapist who will help them reinforce what they learn in a group and learn more about themselves individually.
In total, clients engage in 9 to 11 hours of care each week, all from home.
One of the top indicators of success in the IOP program is family involvement. When clients are able to identify and mend the root causes of their mental health challenges, healing is more sustainable. Family therapy is an opportunity for each client’s loved ones to come together and support one another by learning effective communication and coping skills.
Charlie Health has dozens of curated cohorts for every type of client.
FAQs for IOP
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Comprehensive mental health treatment from home
90% of clients would recommend Charlie Health to a friend or loved one.