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Behavioral Health Outpatient Services

Structured Outpatient Program (SOP)

The Structured Outpatient Program is designed for individuals who present with a psychiatric diagnosis and have the need for treatment, which is more intensive than outpatient office visits and less intense than inpatient 24 hour hospitalization.

The program’s goal is stabilization with the intention of preventing inpatient hospitalization or reducing the length of hospital stay. The program is also beneficial as a step-down unit for patients who have been admitted and are ready to leave the hospital, but might need that extra care that the SOP can provide. A psychiatrist practice is also offered to provide evaluation, assessment and management of medications.

Organized as a continuum of care, this system of outpatient programs enables the movement of patients to the most clinically appropriate and cost effective level of care. The SOP strives to manage acute symptoms of the patient and to return the patient to a more desired level of functioning in a relatively brief period of time. The program seeks to provide the patient with knowledge, insight and skill that will assist them in dealing with their behavioral health challenges through a variety of modalities including group, individual and family therapy. Patients who are admitted to the SOP program are involved in treatment at a minimum of 2-3 hours per day at least 3 to 5 days per week.

While participating in SOP, the patient’s family and support systems are encouraged to attend a family support groups held on the first Tuesday of each month. This group assists family members in learning to cope with and assist the patient in successfully managing their mental health issues.

A strong emphasis is placed on relapse prevention, which includes a crisis care plan, with wrap around services to facilitate a successful discharge from the program. Following discharge, patients are invited to attend an aftercare program for a limited period of time that meets once weekly in order to assist the patient in their transition out of the SOP program. This provides the treatment team the ability to assess the patient’s level of success in completing the SOP program and in allowing for immediate intervention should the patient need additional SOP services.


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