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Adolescent After School Intensive Outpatient Program

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The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) is a community-based mental health program designed to meet the unique mental health needs of adolescents ages 12 to 18. The AIOP provides a “step down” level of treatment for adolescents discharged from inpatient or acute partial hospitalization settings, or a “step up” level of treatment when traditional outpatient services are not effectively meeting the needs of the adolescent.

The AIOP offers a level of intervention that is more structured in both the frequency and the variety of services offered than traditional outpatient treatment. The AIOP provides a range of individualized intensive therapeutic socialization and skills development opportunities in addition to more traditional individual and family interventions. Throughout the traditional school year, AIOP operates as an afterschool program; this allows adolescents to continue to attend their own schools during the day and return to their homes in the evening while still receiving a high level of treatment, structure, and support. AIOP programming utilizes CBT and DBT, just as the adolescent partial program, but in order to provide a unique skill-based experience, generalized skills application is emphasized.

Our Mission

Our mission can be defined by the acronym ACCEPT. This acronym was developed in a collaborative effort between our staff and adolescent community members. ACCEPT reflects our guiding principles especially those of inclusion, love, kindness, and dedication to providing the highest quality and effective care. Our programs use the Evidence-Based Treatments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Admission Considerations

  • Adolescent is experiencing a chronic and/or acute mental illness
  • Adolescent is in a lower level of care and experiencing an increase in symptoms and decreased functioning at home, school, or in the community
  • Adolescent is experiencing suicidal and/or homicidal ideation w/o intent and/or is experiencing self-injurious behaviors
  • Step-down from acute partial program

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Primary diagnosis of substance abuse or conduct disorder
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Intellectual disability

Referral Information

AAPHP and AIOP are referral-based programs. This means referrals to our programs must be made by a provider such as an outpatient therapist or psychiatrist, a psychiatric hospital, a primary care provider, or a school.

Referrals will be considered from any interested agency or party including, but not limited to, inpatient units, outpatient programs, schools, county mental health clinics, private mental health practitioners, and health professionals. Patients and families cannot self-refer.

If you are a provider and would like to make a referral, please complete the below referral and release of information form and email or fax this document to the identified contact at the top of the form. If you have questions about the referral form, please contact one of our locations.

Our Experts

Sarah Fallica, LSW, HSV
Program Director

South Side Location
Rameshwari Tumuluru, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Medical Director

Children’s Pine Center Location
Kim Clinebell, MD
Attending Psychiatrist