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Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive Outpatient Program as a Step Down from Mental Health Day Treatment

Our nonresidential Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) may be appropriate as a step down level of care for day treatment adult clients. New clients may not admit directly to the Intensive Outpatient level of care.

IOP offers a slightly shorter day, five or three days a week, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The average length of stay in IOP is an additional 1 to 2 months. Transitional housing and independence coaching are available as additional services.

IOP is recommended when clients:

  • have been successful in Day Treatment
  • are engaging in purposeful activities like work, school or volunteer efforts
  • need limited reinforcement and support as they continue to adopt and practice skills for healthy living

COVID-19 Program Update

Remote Access Day Treatment and IOP

To protect our community and clients one against the spread of coronavirus and continue to provide quality care for our clients, we have transitioned our day treatment and IOP programs to remote access only programs.

Day treatment and IOP clients are no longer coming to campus for treatment services. They are connecting to Skyland Trail services using zoom online meetings.

We continue to offer our current schedule of groups led by our clinicians, Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Clients also participate remotely in weekly individual sessions with their primary counselor, as well as weekly individual sessions with their psychiatrists. Our psychiatrists are ensuring that clients have access to psychiatric medications while practicing physical distancing.

Skyland Trail offers the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine for virtual day treatment clients.

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Typically, clients continue to have weekly one-on-one appointments with the same primary counselor, and weekly appointments with their psychiatrist. They also continue to participate in their core group of peers, though sometimes for three days a week instead of five. So as IOP clients are making big steps toward independent living, many of their support systems remain in place.

At the same time, less time in treatment at Skyland Trail gives clients more time to start building new support networks in the community, outside of Skyland Trail. Skyland Trail staff are encouraging clients to connect with 12 Step programs and peer support groups in the community. Often working with our vocational services staff, clients are encouraged to participate in a scheduled purposeful activity - whether getting a job, going to school, or finding a volunteer opportunity.

Next Steps After the Intensive Outpatient Program

When clients graduate from the Intensive Outpatient Program, they leave intensive services at Skyland Trail. They may choose to enroll in one or more of our non-intensive or outpatient programs, including independence coachingvocational servicesLEAP, and/or our alumni program.

Alumni clients may also continue to make appointments at the Glenn Family Wellness Clinic to meet their preventive and primary care needs.


Contact our admissions team to learn how Skyland Trail can help you or your loved one.