Tucson’s Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (MHIOP)

Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital in Tucson, Arizona offers a mental health intensive outpatient program (MHIOP) for individuals over the age of 18 who require more frequent and concentrated therapeutic treatment than conventional outpatient psychiatric programs offer.

About IOP

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.

Intensive outpatient programming 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 their functioning, 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, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are the foundation of the program.  The goal is to teach patients coping skills, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.  Additionally, regular family groups are offered for education and support.

Program Topics

In the mental health intensive outpatient program, patients receive services through structured group therapy sessions three days a week. These sessions focus on a number of different topics, including the following:

  • 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 monitored 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.

We are Here to Help

Please contact our Outpatient Clinic at (520) 399-8688 or our Admissions and Referrals Department at (877) 941-6946 or (520) 469-8700 to schedule an appointment for an assessment. We proudly accept Medicaid coverage for our intensive outpatient services, and we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have about payment options.

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