Outpatient and Inpatient mental health Treatment Options

Find the Best Setting for Your Care 

At Baptist Health, we realize that seeking behavioral healthcare can be daunting. The questions seem endless: Where should I go? What type of treatment should I pursue? What kind of setting is best for me? When you select us for services, you can be sure that we’ll provide the best possible care in the most appropriate setting. 

Below are brief explanations of the three primary settings for receiving behavioral healthcare.

Outpatient Settings

Behavioral health services are often provided in an outpatient setting, which means at a medical office or facility, but without an overnight stay. A visit typically takes no more than an hour or two. Outpatient services include evaluation visits, individual or group therapy sessions, and regularly scheduled medication checks.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

Intensive Outpatient Programs, or IOPs, include outpatient visits that last for an extended period of time. Most IOPs target substance abuse or more serious behavioral illnesses. Patients attend a minimum of three sessions a week, usually for three hours per visit. 

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)

Partial Hospitalization Programs, or PHPs, provide the same services as IOP programs, but patients attend five sessions a week.

Inpatient Settings

In an inpatient setting a patient stays overnight in a psychiatric unit. This type of treatment is typically limited to intensive cases of mental illness. For example, patients in a crisis situation may require stabilization, or those whose behavior makes them a danger to themselves or others.