Intensive Outpatient

Everyday life can become so overwhelming that some may need help learning how to appropriately and successfully cope. While weekly outpatient therapy sessions work for some, others may require a more intensive level of care. To meet those needs, Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health has developed the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). IOP is specifically focused on improving coping skills and thus improving daily functioning that has been impacted by Louisiana mental health issues such as stress, depression anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, self-esteem, grief & loss, etc. With face to face and hybrid programming services, our Intensive Outpatient Program is accessible to patients in the Greater Baton Rouge area, while our fully virtual IOP is available to anyone currently residing in the state of Louisiana.


The overall goal of the IOP is to reduce severity of symptoms and emotional stabilization. Our goal is to empower our patients with increased insight and coping skills to improve their ability to effectively manage emotions. Each patient is encouraged to focus on establishing a more healthy view of life with a focus on personal values, rather than a lifetime struggling with mental stressors.

IOP focuses on specific areas of struggle in group and individual sessions including: grief & loss, self esteem, managing emotions, relationships, anger management, mind, body, & spirit, relaxation and prevention planning, etc and allows individuals to create a very specific track of treatment to suit these areas of need.

Treatment at Intensive Outpatient Level of Care

Intensive Outpatient therapy is a time limited, intensive, and coordinated clinical treatment program that is an integral part of the continuum of behavioral health services. Clinical appropriateness for IOP admission is determined by a behavioral health practitioner. However, often our patients are able to refer themselves or family member in attempts to relieve some emotional stress. IOP can be used to treat moderate to severe mental stressors that are making functioning in daily life more difficult.

It features intensive treatment that is more concentrated than traditional outpatient care. The format provides for medical monitoring, group, individual and family therapy.

IOP participants return home in the evenings and maintain important links to their family and their community. This allows them to practice new skills that promote confidence and independence.

IOP patients typically attend between 9-12 hours of therapy per week. Our sessions are from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. The typical length of treatment is four to six weeks at IOP level of care, depending on the individual’s progess. Furthermore, because our programs are flexible and patient centered, we are able to transition up or down in levels of care between PHP and IOP as needed.