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Chicago Intensive Mental Health CenterThe Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a psychiatric program that provides short-term stabilization for patients who are having difficulty managing their symptoms in traditional outpatient treatment. The IOP can be used as a bridging treatment between the Partial Hospital Program (PHP) and traditional outpatient treatment or as a step-up of care when traditional outpatient care does not suffice.

The IOP treatment team in Chicago or Northbrook will design individualized programs for patients with consideration to their age, psychiatric diagnoses, developmental functioning, behavioral needs, family involvement, and community resources. Our treatment plans include various treatment modalities. Research has shown that individuals whose families are involved in their therapeutic treatment have better outcomes and a higher success rate.

We offer evidence-based treatment plans tailored to four different age groups in order to provide effective care appropriate for different stages of life. These age groups include Children (ages 9 to 12), Adolescents (ages 12 to 18), Young Adults (ages 18 to 24), and Adults (ages 25 and up).

At Compass Health Center, we offer intensive-level psychiatric care in a safe and supportive environment. Each patient is closely monitored by a full-time adult psychiatrist, licensed group therapist, licensed individual therapist, licensed family therapist, and a registered nurse. This highly-skilled collaborative team approach helps ensure that treatment plans evolve with the needs of the patient.

Afterschool IOP for Children and Adolescents

IOP hours for children and adolescents are similar to those of an after-school program and run five days a week, Monday to Friday. Your child will continue to be involved in school and keep up with as much of their regular routine as possible, while also being provided intensive support and treatment from Compass’ staff. This schedule ensures that the child or adolescent maintains stability throughout daily routines.

A combination of behavioral therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and expressive art therapy will empower your child with new skills, such as distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness skills, social interaction, and effective communication. Our goal is to help patients transition from an intensive level of care and restore them to a level of functioning that allows them to return to ordinary activities.

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IOP for Young Adults and Adults

In the Young Adult and Adult IOP, the IOP treatment team will design individualized treatment plans that consider psychiatric diagnoses, developmental functioning, behavioral needs, family involvement, and community resources. The purpose is to stabilize symptoms and establish a foundation of skills essential to the long-term success of the individual, such as distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness skills, social interaction, and effective communication.

Every patient will participate in group, individual, and behavioral therapy. Adults in the IOP are strongly encouraged to engage in additional family/couples therapy. This comprehensive approach to the treatment plan is designed to help the patient return to a more functional and healthy life.

Treatment Goals

In the IOP, our goals include assessing risk while reducing psychiatric symptoms and empowering the patient through individual, group, and family therapies, CBT, DBT, and experiential therapies.

Children and Adolescent treatment modalities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Pet Therapy

Young Adult and Adult treatment modalities may include:

  • Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Art Therapy

To learn more about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, visit WebMD.com.

Compass’ multidisciplinary staff will decrease the amount of time a patient spends in the program as the patient’s symptoms and level of functioning progresses. As patients spend less time at Compass Health Center, our clinicians help them transition back to the community and outside providers. The average length of stay in the IOP is approximately 3 to 5 weeks. Due to individualized treatment plans and rates of progression, the length of the IOP may vary.

Personalized Treatment Tracks

The Personalized Treatment Tracks at our Chicago and Northbrook locations have been developed for patients who need to address underlying conditions that contribute to their psychiatric symptoms. Tracks include the OCD and Complex Anxiety Disorders Track, the Resource Track, the Substance Use Track, and the Trauma Track. Following assessment, if it is clinically indicated, patients may be assigned to one of our tracks.

Next, learn about Compass’ Personalized Treatment Tracks.