Appropriate Levels of Care in Mental Health
Featured Article by Dr. John Glovan PsyD
When Is Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Needed
Everyone experiences times in their lives when it may be helpful to reach out for assistance from a mental health professional. Many are able to receive help and guidance on an outpatient basis by their primary care physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychologists and mental health therapists. When the symptoms become more debilitating, however, it will be important to consider a higher level of care.
Levels of Care In Mental Health
Outpatient therapy is for those who are not in any danger to self, others or property and are more resilient as they seek to work on treatment goals. Frequency is typically weekly and is adjusted eventually to an as needed basis. Partial hospitalization is for those who experience more serious signs and symptoms and need ongoing assessment, diagnostic and treatment services typically at a minimum of 20 hours/ five days per week and return home at night. Inpatient hospitalization requires admission into a hospital 24/7 which includes ongoing nursing, medical, medication, assessment, diagnostic and treatment services for those in very serious need of avoiding jeopardy of health to self or others.
- Outpatient Individual Therapy/Medication Management
- Intensive Outpatient Therapy
- Partial Hospitalization
- Inpatient Hospitalization