Intensive Outpatient Overview
The Farley Center Intensive Outpatient Programs remain open for you and your patients during this stressful time. The goal of the Farley Center Intensive Outpatient Programs is to reduce our patients’ symptoms and to improve their overall health and functioning in social, occupational, educational, and other areas critical to leading a safe, independent and productive life.
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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) are a level of care within the continuum of addiction and mental health treatment. These programs are designed to provide structured and intensive therapy and support to individuals who require more than regular outpatient care but do not need the level of care provided by inpatient or residential treatment programs.
Intensive Outpatient Programs can be a valuable step in the recovery journey for individuals dealing with addiction or mental health issues. They offer a structured and supportive environment for individuals to work on their recovery while maintaining their daily responsibilities.
To provide safe treatment, we have been implementing new policies and procedures and practicing social distancing. We have transitioned our groups to telehealth, which utilizes a virtual platform for treatment. This allows our program to provide services to anyone in the state of Virginia regardless of distance, with the help of our telehealth platform.
- Please note that these policies and procedures may be further updated as the situation with COVID-19 changes.
- All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
- Screening protocols have been enhanced.
- We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates. If you are concerned about potential exposure to COVID-19 by you or a patient, call your local health department for guidance.
We appreciate that the uncertainty communities are experiencing may cause challenges for our patients and their families. Thank you for your understanding and participation in our continued efforts to keep our patients, visitors, and workforce protected and healthy during this time.
Substance use disorders disrupt and impair social, family, occupational and educational routines and relationships. Substance abuse and psychiatric treatment should not contribute further to that disruption.
Farley’s IOP allows patients to continue working, maintain their current living situation and improve their relationships all while receiving services right in their community.
The program is open to adults 18 and older who are experiencing substance use disorders, along with co-occurring psychiatric disorders and are experiencing significant impairment in their daily functioning. To participate, patients must commit to attending a minimum of three hours of therapy, three times per week.
The key to successful treatment is an initial evaluation and assessment of the patient and his or her family by our treatment professionals. Admission to the Intensive Outpatient Program at Farley Center is based upon this initial assessment and according to the criteria listed on the following page.
To qualify for admission to the Farley Center IOP Program, the patient must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a diagnosis of primary chemical dependency
- Be ready for discharge from a partial hospitalization program/PHP setting
- Be sufficiently medically stable for this level of care and not manifest symptoms of withdrawal
- Exhibit symptoms of an addictive disorder and symptoms of a psychiatric illness of such severity that there is significant interference with social, vocational or educational functioning
- Have cognitive ability to benefit from insight-oriented therapy
- Agree to periodic and random urine drug screens and/or breathalyzer or blood alcohol testing while participating in the program
- Have the transportation necessary to allow for participation
- Not be as distressed or disordered as to present an imminent danger to self or others
- Have a person living in the community who will support the patient’s participation
The schedule of an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) can vary depending on the treatment facility and the individual’s specific needs. However, IOPs typically involve a structured and intensive schedule of therapy sessions and activities.
Standard IOP meetings will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Our Military IOP will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:00-6:00 pm.
It’s important to note that IOP schedules can be customized to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. Treatment plans are typically developed collaboratively between the individual, their treatment team, and any involved family members. The schedule may also evolve as individuals progress in their recovery.