Tucson’s Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (MHIOP)

Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital in Tucson offers a Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals over the age of 18 who require more frequent and concen­trated therapeutic treatment than conventional out­patient psychiatric programs offer. The program is designed specifically for those who are struggling with a mental health concerns. Patients enrolled in the program meet three days a week for three hours each day.  Free transportation for Tucson area residents is included.

Intensive Outpatient Programing is the perfect choice as a step-down transition following a behavioral hospital stay, or as an alternative to in­patient care. Patients return home each evening and must have adequate support and safety in their environment. The program aims to stabilize patients, improve func­tion, and return them to their regular provider for continued treatment.

Master’s level therapists teach specific coping skills relevant to the group. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Trauma Focused Therapy Rational Emotive Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are the foundation of the program.  The goal is to teach coping skills, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance.  Additionally regular family groups are offered for education and support.

In the Intensive Outpatient Program, you receive services through structured group therapy three days a week which focus on:

  • Understanding mental illness
  • Increasing mood stabilization
  • Crisis survival skills, boundaries
  • Healthy boundaries and relationships
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Self Advocacy and mindfulness
  • Relaxation Exercise
  • Anxiety Management
  • Guilt, shame and forgiveness

In this treatment program, patients are followed by their psychiatrist in the community. Patients must be clean and sober for participation in all outpatient programs.  Some people may first require inpatient detoxification prior to beginning an outpatient program.

Please contact our Admissions and Referrals Department 520-469-8700 to schedule an appointment for an assessment.

Please contact our Outpatient Clinic at (520) 399-8688; Admissions and Referrals Department at (877) 941-6946 to schedule an appointment for an assessment.

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