Intensive Outpatient Program

Covington Behavioral Health Hospital is a licensed 60-bed center that specializes in treating adult patients who have been experiencing acute changes in their emotional and mental well-being. Covington provides outpatient treatment to alleviate distress, provide stability, and improve each patient’s ability to live a productive and satisfying life.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program Overview

Our hospital’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed to provide treatment for individuals who do not need the level of care that is provided by our inpatient program, but who would also benefit from more structured treatment than traditional outpatient services can provide. At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, IOP is our least intensive level of care and is intended to be the final step in treatment before an individual leaves our center returns home and/or resumes traditional outpatient services in his or her community.

Our IOP services at our center are available to adult men and women ages 18 and older who have a primary diagnosis of mental illness or a substance use disorder.

Our IOP program is located on the main Covington Behavioral Health Hospital grounds. Treatment at Covington IOP occurs in the morning or in the evening and includes three hours of psychotherapy process groups and other interventions.

IOP Admissions Process

Admission to IOP begins with a walk-in consultation or a call to our admissions team. Prospective patients will speak with either our center’s intake coordinator or one of our marketers and will receive an assessment for IOP. At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, we receive referrals from many different sources, including primary care physicians, psychiatrists, private practitioners, and other community resources. After we gather initial information about the prospective patient, we will consult with the physician, ensure funding support, and set an admission date for care at our center. We are available for walk-in assessments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Group Therapy

At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital’s IOP, patients attend a minimum of 6 hours of groups per week. We recognize the need to provide unique treatment based on our patients’ treatment goals, so in addition to groups, we are pleased to provide individual therapy sessions and family therapy sessions as needed at our center. All groups and therapy sessions are led by our center’s licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) and licensed professional counselors (LPCs). Most patients remain in IOP treatment at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital for 4 to 10 weeks, and treatment is based on empirically-supported interventions such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and solution-focused interventions.

Substance use disorder program patients attend group therapy 3 days a week from 9am- 1pm for a duration of 8 weeks. Treatment is based in the abstinence-based approach that involves a structured group therapy schedule led by our center’s licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) and licensed professional counselors (LPCs). Therapy is focused on identifying internal and external triggers , developing coping skills, preventing relapse, and incorporating the 12-step program.

Groups form the backbone of IOP treatment at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital. Led by licensed clinicians, our center’s process groups give patients a chance to support and be supported by each other while they work through issues related to their mental illnesses. Because they are led by experienced clinicians, groups at our center are a safe place for individuals to work on new skills and share successes and setbacks with others who are like-minded in their pursuit of mental health.

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If you feel that you or your loved one may benefit from the high-quality care we provide, please do not hesitate to contact us. We, at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, hope to be the place where you or your loved one can begin a journey toward long-term healing.

Covington's individualized programs gave me the flexibility I needed to get treatment while not interrupting my schedule.

– a former patient
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  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
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