Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
WHAT IS AN I.O.P. PROGRAM?
An IOP counseling program (Intensive Out-Patient) is used to address substance abuse and/or other mental health issues. The client gets intensive help in a group structure without having to live in the facility. Typically an IOP is required by the judge/prosecutor if there is significant evidence of substance/alcohol abuse. The next step up from an IOP is "In-patient" - where the client lives at the facility.
I DON'T WANT TO DO AN I.O.P.
I understand. However, almost everyone that I've known who takes an IOP class ends up really enjoying it (and getting a lot out of it). I expect you will be pleasantly surprised.
WHO DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR AN IOP IN AUSTIN? WHY?
We recommend ASCENSION SETON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE. We have toured their facility and met most of the staff. Our clients have given us good reports about their experiences at Seton. However, there are plenty of other good IOP options in Austin.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
You need to call them and schedule an evaluation. 512-324-0029. The evaluation is about one and a half hours long. They will choose the appropriate IOP for you based on the evaluation.
HOW LONG IS THE ASCENSION SETON IOP PROGRAM?
The Ascension Seton program is 5 weeks long. They meet 4 times a week (Mon-Thurs) for 3 hours each session. There are sessions in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
CAN I MISS/SKIP ANY CLASSES?
In general, Seton allows 3 excused absences. However, they have some flexibility for legitimate issues that people run into. It is ultimately up to the IOP program whether the absence is excused. If you miss too many classes, they can tell you that you need to start over again.
DO THEY ACCEPT INSURANCE? DO THEY PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID?
Yes, they accept most major insurance carriers. They also provide financial aid for people without insurance. Call them and explain your circumstances. They will let you know how much it will cost.
DO CLASSES START ON A SPECIFIC DATE?
No. Most IOP classes are ongoing. You can start at any time.
ARE THEY MEETING IN PERSON?
No. The classes are currently virtual.
SHOULD I GO INTO THE PROGRAM WITH A BAD ATTITUDE?
No, please. Give it a fair shot.
WHAT DO I NEED TO SEND YOU WHEN I COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?
When you complete the program, they will give you a certificate. Send us a picture of the certificate. If your counselor is willing to send us updates about your participation during the class, that can also be helpful.
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS.
No problem. Give us a call. 512-472-1113.