Behavioral Health Services

Porter Adventist Hospital

2465 S Downing St
Denver, Colorado 80210

39.671927, -104.973842

Latitude: 39.671927, Longitude: -104.973842

Behavioral Health Services

Porter Adventist Hospital

Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program

The Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a partial day treatment program that consists of specialized group therapy sessions led by clinical therapists. This is a skills-based program, emphasizing the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). 

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  • Who benefits from this program?

    The IOP primarily serves people with mood and anxiety disorders  such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.  The program also accepts participants with other disorders such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who are already stabilized on medication.

    Additionally, on a case-by-case basis, the IOP is now accepting those with severe but stable medical problems (congestive heart failure, cancer, transplant, etc.) with a primary diagnosis of a mood disorder (and other parity diagnoses) and those with traumatic brain injury.

  • Program Schedule

    • IOP takes place Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The program consists of a Goals Group, a DBT Group, and ends with a Coping Skill Group or CBT Group.
    • The IOP runs a minimum of six weeks on a tapering schedule.  Some participants have a longer length of stay based upon symptom severity and medical necessity.  We do not do short-term admissions.
  • Our Expert Clinical Team

    • Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatrists
    • Licensed Professional Counselors
    • Mental Health Counselors
    • Licensed Advance Practice Nurse, Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Referrals

    We accept referrals from outpatient providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other mental health professionals. We also accept referrals from inpatient treatment sources and other facilities, in addition to serving referrals from within the Centura Health network.

    The basic criteria for admission to this program include:

    • “Significant” distress caused by worsening symptoms (severe depression, hypomania/mania, suicidal thoughts, impairment in thinking, etc.)
    • “Significant” impairment in functioning (occupational, familial, social, activities of daily living, etc.) worse than baseline level of functioning
    • Safe and stable housing to allow functioning in an outpatient setting

    Plus the ability to:

    • Take medication as prescribed
    • Abstain from alcohol/drugs
    • Follow Plan of Care
    • Participate in the program
    • Benefit from treatment
    • Abstain from suicidal or para-suicidal behavior (self-harm)

    Because this is essentially a group therapy program, all participants must be able to function as a member of a group without behaviors disruptive to the milieu.

  • Insurance

    Porter Adventist Hospital and The Centre for Behavioral Health are both contracted with most major insurance plans including Medicare.

    Medicaid for Behavioral Health Services
    Porter Adventist Hospital accepts Medicaid for Adult and Senior Inpatient Acute Hospitalization and both Inpatient and Outpatient Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

    The Center for Behavioral Health accepts ABC and BHI Medicaid only for our Substance Use Intensive Outpatient Program (SU-IOP).

    Currently, we are not able to accept Medicaid for the following services:

    • Outpatient Therapy
    • Medication Management
    • Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (MH-IOP)
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program (DBT-IOP)

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