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What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program is an intensive program designed to help individuals reduce their symptoms while they continue to live in the community. It provides a safe, supportive community environment for those with mental illness who need professional help to stabilize their mental or emotional problems. Individual treatment programs are designed and provided by a multidisciplinary team of therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and counselors. The program empowers patients to take responsibility for their mental health well-being.

How does Intensive Outpatient Treatment compare with other options?
Partial Hospitalization fits into the continuum of care as the option that combines the best facets of care (strict criteria and intensive care) with the best of outpatient care (schedule flexibility and lower costs). Treatment may be arranged within the framework of the recommended minimum number of hours per week, so that patients may interact with family, friends and community and/or resume work/school.

Who might benefit from Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
Persons in treatment who in the view of their physicians are ready to leave the hospital but who need more help than traditional outpatient treatment provides

  • Persons who would benefit from monitoring during their adjustment to medications
  • Persons who no longer need full hospitalization but need additional intensive professional help before they can progress further in outpatient treatment
  • Persons who need to gain increased stabilization of their mental illness
  • Persons who need help to maintain independence and responsibility for their lives

What is the Intensive Outpatient Program Like?
Patients scheduled treatment, depending upon severity of their illness, from once monthly to daily. Program options include individual and group therapy, medication management, nursing education about daily living and leisure skills. Family therapy or additional patient therapy and education are also offered.

What is the Cost of Outpatient Treatment?
Most Insurance carriers provide coverage for our behavioral health services. Fees are dependent upon the services provided. University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center Outpatient program accepts most major insurance as well as self-pay, Medicare, Managed Medicaid, PPO and CHIP.

Consult your insurance provider to verify your plan's specific coverage. A sliding fee schedule based on national poverty levels is available on a limited basis. If you require additional assistance, please call (713)500-8801 and ask to speak with our insurance resource specialist.




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