Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)


Our Locations:

  • Edison, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • New Brunswick, NJ

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) level of care at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care is a short-term, multidisciplinary, structured program that consists of intensive treatment and stabilization in an outpatient setting. It is intended for individuals who, due to acute and intense symptoms, would otherwise meet criteria for a higher level of care. Participation in IOP allows individuals to continue to participate in daily activities such as work and school. It can be used as an initial point of entry into treatment or can be a step up from a less intensive level of care (Outpatient) or a step down from a more intensive level of care (Acute Inpatient, Residential, Acute Partial Hospitalization Programs). IOP tracks are designed to treat mental health conditions, substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Gender specific IOP tracks are also available. IOP operates 3 days or evenings a week and consists of 3 hours of group per session. The average length of stay is 8-12 weeks. Due to the short-term nature of IOP, discharge planning and transition to a less intensive level of care and the establishment of community supports is a focus throughout the IOP episode of care.

IOP curriculums are built on evidence based and trauma-informed practices (CBT, CBT for PTSD, DBT, Seeking Safety, MI, MBCT/MBSR). Participants are screened for PTSD and other co-occurring disorders. In addition to psychoeducation groups, Master’s Level Professionals provide individual and family therapy. IOP includes psychiatric evaluation, medication management, as indicated, and access to 24/7 crisis management services.

In substance use disorder and co-occurring IOP tracks, Board Certified Psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe time-limited Buprenorphine (Suboxone) maintenance for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Random urine drug screens are administered to help assess progress in treatment.

Other services provided during IOP level of care include referral to or coordination with primary care, referrals for HIV testing and counseling, and coordination with community resources.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-969-5300

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