Kansas City, Missouri’s Preferred Adolescent IOP for Behavioral Health Treatment

Signature Psychiatric Hospital offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adolescents who are living with mental health concerns and substance use disorders. Young patients who participate in this program receive evidence-based care that can help them manage their symptoms and live satisfying, healthier lives.

Adolescent IOP Overview

At Signature Psychiatric Hospital, we provide an intensive outpatient program for adolescents ages 13-17. We treat young people who are living with a variety of mental health concerns and substance use disorders, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family distress
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Addictions to alcohol or other drugs

Our IOP offers flexibility for adolescents to attend school or participate in extracurricular activities when programming is not in session. Patients meet three times a week for three hours a day, with a typical length of stay of six weeks.

Features & Services

Signature Psychiatric Hospital’s intensive outpatient program for adolescents offers a variety of age-appropriate therapeutic activities and evidence-based services that we hope will help patients develop healthier coping strategies and better understand their diagnoses.

Each patient receives a personalized care plan that reflects their unique needs. Depending on the patient, programming may contain elements of:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Psychoeducation
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Our nurses and nurse practitioners administer medication management services to each patient on a monthly basis. Additionally, every care plan includes personalized therapeutic activities, such as daily group therapy, collaborative art therapy, and a one-time educational family meeting.

Our licensed counselors lead group therapy sessions, which make up a bulk of each patient’s time in our IOP. Topics we may discuss in these sessions include:

  • Childhood trauma
  • Family concerns
  • Communication
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger management
  • School/peer conflict
  • Mindfulness

Admissions Process

All admissions decisions for the adolescent intensive outpatient program at Signature Psychiatric Hospital are made on a case-by-case basis. To qualify for our IOP, patients must be ages 13-17 and have a diagnosis of a mental health concern or substance use disorder.

Each patient must complete a thorough assessment prior to admission. Parents, guardians, or referral sources may call our assessment counselors to set up an appointment, or we accept walk-ins daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

After a prospective patient completes the assessment, our staff reviews their medical history and current behavioral health needs to determine if our IOP is the right choice. If we feel that another program would better fit their needs, we’ll provide a recommendation.

Continuing Care

Our IOP is only one part of an adolescent’s journey toward better health. That’s why we take great pride in planning for each patient’s ongoing success.

We begin planning for the next steps of each young person’s journey at the time of admission. By using the information we gather from their assessment and charting their progress throughout their time in our IOP, we can formulate a plan for continued success.

We typically recommend an individual psychiatric follow-up and additional therapy sessions at the conclusion of treatment. We may also suggest family groups, additional outpatient services, or other community resources. Our team does all of this with the goal of helping every adolescent thrive emotionally, mentally, and physically during this crucial time in their development.

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Signature Psychiatric Hospital. 

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