Adolescent Intensive Outpatient

Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health’s Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs (AdIOP) provides quality mental health care to adolescents between the ages of 15 – 18. As one of the only programs of its kind in the region, we offer a much needed “intermediate” level of care for adolescents who have needs that are too complex to be effectively managed in an office outpatient setting, but do not reach the threshold warranting inpatient hospitalization. Jefferson Oaks AdIOP offers a new alternative for outpatient providers, emergency rooms, school guidance counselors, primary care physicians, parents, and other local agencies seeking mental health care for their patients, students, clients, and children. Our program is a valuable addition to the community’s need for improved mental health care for adolescents. In addition, Jefferson Oaks AdIOP departs from the traditional hospital IOP model in ways that allow us to be more effective and efficient in offering high quality care in a time limited fashion.

For some adolescents, Jefferson Oaks serves as the point of entry to psychiatric care. For those already engaged in treatment, it provides crisis stabilization when outpatient treatment alone is ineffective or insufficient. For adolescents who do require inpatient hospitalization, Jefferson Oaks serves as a step-down program, providing a smoother transition back into the community. Our commitment to improving our patients’ mental health and quality of life has made us the recipient of many referrals from parents, patients, and other mental health personnel. We are also proud to be a preferred provider for many insurance companies, which decreases the financial barrier to treatment for many families.

As a flagship health care center, we encourage all those in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Gonzales and Plaquemine areas to reach out with any questions you may have about Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health’s Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program.

GOAL

The goal of adolescent intensive outpatient program is to stabilize mood, increase insight into core emotional triggers or trauma, and improve coping skills for more effective emotion management. There are further goals to increase distress tolerance and improve general satisfaction in daily life. Jefferson Oaks also understands that when a child suffers the family also suffers. For this reason, the program includes family and parenting components to improve communication, parenting skills and overall family cohesion and satisfaction.

Our primary focus areas of treatment include depression, anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, self esteem problems, identity conflict, mild substance abuse, behavioral changes, etc. Our typical patient is an adolescent who is suffering acutely and who has a previous high level of functioning.

TREATMENT

The treatment in our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AdIOP) includes group, individual, family psychotherapy and Psychiatry. The program includes a range of 9-15 hours a week of therapy and serves as an all encompassing program providing all areas of mental health treatment. This includes family and parenting sessions both with and without the patient, collaboration with outside providers (Psychiatrists and Therapists), collaboration with schools (checking on status and improvement in functioning in educational setting with minimum interruption in school routine). The program is from 3-5:30pm Monday through Thursday to minimize impact on daily routine with school requirements.

Jefferson Oaks believes that no two persons are the same and therefore we should approach treatment with a flexible understanding that not one single approach will work for everyone. Thus our program includes groups such as body and mind wellness, self esteem, managing emotions, distress tolerance skills, and more. Our treatment approaches include utilizing experiential exercises including art, music, mindfulness, meditation, as well as the more traditional techniques including cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT), family therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioral techniques (DBT).