HBHS Launches Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program

LITTLETON, CO – Highlands Behavioral Health System (HBHS) today announced the opening of its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents ages 11 to 17.

The new IOP service is the latest in a series of new program offerings launched by HBHS. The 86-bed behavioral health hospital opened its partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adolescents in June, 2014.

Jennifer Fail, Highlands’ Director of Clinical Services, said the IOP program is a logical extension of the hospital’s existing inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. “This new program enables our clinical team to extend treatment to many of our patients who can benefit from extended and intensive therapy offered over a longer period of time,” Fail said.

Highlands’ principle focus remains inpatient mental health crisis stabilization, Fail said, but offering different levels of day therapy programming extends Highlands’ reach into the community. “We can reach more people needing mental health services by offering a broad array of mental health programming and varying levels of therapeutic intensity,” she said. Fail said she expects the IOP to serve community-based adolescents as well as Highlands’ inpatients and PHP clients who “step down” to IOP programming.

A typical IOP program offers group and individual services between 9 and 12 hours each week. IOP allows clients to participate in their daily affairs, such as work or school. Highlands’ adolescent IOP is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 PM to 7 PM, allowing clients to remain in school while attending the program.

Highlands Behavior Health System is an 86-bed behavioral health hospital offering inpatient and day therapy mental health services for adults and adolescents. HBHS is accredited by the Joint Commission.