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Intensive Outpatient Program

Van Nuys Behavioral Health Hospital’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed to help patients live more independently and reduce the need for future hospitalizations. IOP patients participate in group therapy with the goal of stabilization to deal with chronic and persistent psychiatric disorders.

Our IOP patients often are in transition from inpatient care to assimilation back into the community. Other IOP participants are referred (or self-referred) because there has been a recent deterioration in social or occupational functioning due to symptom exacerbation.

Our IOP offers a safe, structured environment that enables the patients to return home at night and maintain important family and community relationships. Program goals include talking to a healthcare professional in a friendly, supportive and safe environment; learning to manage thoughts and feelings; developing relationships; and having more structure in day-to-day living.

Patients meet individually with a case manager to help achieve these goals.

Evidence-based Curriculum

The IOP is centered on evidence-based core curriculum treatment planning tailored to the specific needs of each patient. These patients attend the program for 1-11 hours of treatment per week to improve their level of functioning and prevent the need for a higher level of care.

The multidisciplinary IOP treatment staff includes psychiatrists and other physicians. This enables us to provide patients with comprehensive care and individualized treatment with the goal of providing the highest level of care. The IOP operates Monday through Friday, offering:

  • Comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning
  • Daily meals and transportation
  • Medication management
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Educational groups for coping and life management skills
  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Tai Chi, medication, music and art therapy
  • Symptom management

For 24-hour intake, call (800) 565-0558. For general information, call (818) 787-1511.