For those who are assessed in the initial intake with mental health disorders, but whom it is determined that residential support for stabilization is not required, the Intensive Outpatient Services Day Program may be deemed appropriate. Additionally, those who have stabilized in an Inpatient Residential Program, often step down to a lower level of care and enter the Intensive Outpatient Day Program.
The Intensive Outpatient Day Program provides groups from 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday 9 am to 5 pm. In an effort to be sensitive to individual needs, patients are able to select from a schedule of groups that amount to a total of 22 hours a week. Additionally, patients also receive three hours of individual therapy a week. Pharmacological support continues to be a vital and critical aspect of the Mental Health PHP Program. Psychiatric care often includes pharmacological support. Often medication is pivotal in establishing emotional stabilization and the ability to develop skills to cope with life challenges and create purposeful choices.
The Day Program is a vital and necessary component of mental wellness stabilization and recovery in order to provide adequate support for those early in treatment who are striving to apply disease management skills and striving to live life with its corresponding stresses (e.g. job, school, family, social affiliations, and recreation). The tailored blend of experiential experiences, therapeutic education, and process groups combined with individual therapy provides the mental health support to assist the patient to manage their mental wellness and also engage in life pursuits.
Research indicates that when a patient has achieved a degree of psychiatric stability and wellness in an institutional setting and immediately re-enters life without adequate psychiatric and recovery support, the person often digresses. As a result, decreasing treatment exposure commensurate with increasing life becomes an essential part of treatment across the continuum of care. This is why it is strongly recommended that from a residential treatment experience individuals step down to a day treatment program. This level of care provides the necessary psychiatric support while the recovering person acclimates back into life with its associated challenges.
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