The Cleveland Clinic Center for Behavioral Health has added the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to our extensive service offerings. This comprehensive, adult behavioral health program, which is conveniently delivered at Lutheran and Marymount hospitals, has been created to address the unique needs of patients who can benefit from more concentrated services while maintaining active lives in the community.
Innovative Program Design
The IOP has been designed to treat adults who are suffering from mood disorders and varying levels of depression but are still functioning in their daily lives. Our supportive, caring and structured approach allows us to help our patients reduce mood disorder symptoms, regain their lost confidence and achieve greater levels of functioning. Overall, we aim to help our patients return to work, resume their daily activities and restore their role as a contributing member of their family and community.
The IOP is an ideal fit for those who need additional support beyond a weekly therapy session. The program is available three or four days per week and requires attendance for three and a half hours each day. The program is generally four to six weeks in duration, but may be shortened or extended based on a patient’s individualized needs, treatment plan and assessment results.
Highly Individualized Treatment
The hallmark of the IOP is our commitment to delivering highquality, personalized behavioral health care. Our first step in treating a new patient is to conduct a complete psychosocial assessment to determine their personal goals for completing the program. This comprehensive tool also enables us to evaluate the patient’s symptoms, personal and family psychiatric history and suicide risk. We also use the assessment to measure family support and identify stressors and individual strengths.
Other features of the program include:
- Individualized medical monitoring by a nurse
- Individualized coordination of medical and behavioral monitoring with each patient’s private physician
- Transparent and frequent communications with referring physicians, including regular patient progress reports
- Group therapy focused on illness management as well as behavioral and emotional life skill development
- Family support and discharge planning
Group size, which generally ranges from eight to 12 patients, is limited to 15 participants to ensure that patients receive the personal attention of our staff.
Our program staff is a team of experienced licensed independent social workers, counselors and psychiatric nurses who have access to the treating psychiatrists.
Our patients consistently rate our program’s overall quality as excellent.
Flexible Program Schedule
To accommodate our patients’ independent lifestyles, we deliver a flexible program schedule with daytime and afternoon sessions. Our daytime programs are held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and our afternoon sessions from 1:15 to 4:45 p.m. The number of days the program is held each week varies by location.
Convenient Service Locations
The IOP is delivered at two of Cleveland Clinic’s most accessible regional hospitals, Lutheran and Marymount. The Lutheran IOP is held four days per week during the morning hours; the Marymount IOP is held three days per week during the morning and four days per week in the afternoon hours.
Marymount Hospital also offers a dual-diagnosis program, a co-occurring disorders program, and integrated treatment of patients with concurrent substance abuse and mental health conditions.
Referral and Contact Information
To refer a patient to our IOP program or to obtain more information about sessions at each location, please contact the following: