Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program

Turning Point’s Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program, offered in Fort Collins and Greeley, is a potential alternative to a youth residential treatment program. It’s designed to provide a high level of treatment intervention to support youth and their families or caregivers while allowing them to remain in their homes or communities.

The program involves providing trauma-informed care to youth ages 12-17 that need help with mental health, substance use, behavior, and other issues. Care is provided in group, individual, and family/caregiver settings where youth can feel safe about sharing their past experiences.

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What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma-informed care takes into consideration a youth’s history and traumatic events they may have witnessed or experienced and helps them heal. A traumatic event could involve violence, crime, or abuse. Being bullied at school, having their parents go through a divorce, or experiencing the loss of a loved one can also be traumatic for youth. Trauma can impact a youth’s health and actions and can lead to substance use, negative behavior, mental health problems, relationship issues, and other health concerns.

Our supportive, compassionate counselors and therapists are sensitive to our patients’ histories and traumas. Their goal is to provide care without further traumatizing youth during treatment.

What Does the Intensive Outpatient Program Involve?

The program offerings are similar to what youth may experience in residential treatment, only youth are allowed to remain at home and continue with school, social, work, and other activities. Youth and their families will have the opportunity to take part in:

  • Individual therapy that matches the needs of each youth. It may be focused on overcoming the impact of trauma, or the youth may be matched with a specialist who works specifically with substance use issues.
  • Group therapy that may be focused on building coping skills; recognizing and understanding symptoms; improving the ability to recognize, understand, and manage emotions (emotional intelligence); improving resiliency; preventing relapse; and other trauma or substance-use related topics.
  • Family/caregiver therapy to strengthen family relationships, improve communication, and develop resiliency within the family or caregiver system.
  • Related case management services to bring together any other providers or services that the youth or family may need. These could include support for housing, food, or clothing; ongoing services after they have been discharged from the program; or referrals to specialists that offer services Turning Point doesn’t provide.
  • Intake assessment to help us learn more about the youth and the situation.
  • Bi-weekly treatment plan reviews to see if the plan is meeting the needs of the youth.
  • Ability for the youth to continue seeing the same therapist after successfully completing the Intensive Outpatient Program.

How Long Does the Program Last?

The expected length of the Intensive Outpatient Program is about 6 weeks, with youth receiving 9 contact hours of therapy per week. Unlike a more restricted environment such as a residential treatment program, the hours are flexible to allow youth to attend school or work while still receiving the contact hours they need to successfully complete the program.

  • 1.5 hours of individual therapy
  • 1.5 hours of family therapy
  • 6 hours of group therapy plus case management

The length of the program can be adjusted if needed to help the youth meet their goals.

What are the Program's Goals?

The goals of the Intensive Outpatient Program are to:

  • Help the youth heal from traumatic experiences.
  • Stabilize the youth’s behaviors to decrease the need for out-of-home placements.
  • Provide stability and support for youth and their family or caregivers.
  • Provide a more in-depth environment than traditional counseling or therapy for youth to learn and develop skills while remaining at home or in the community.
  • Help decrease substance use.
  • Strengthen family and caregiver relationships.
  • Enter the youth into Turning Point’s continuum of care for ongoing support.

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Turning Point accepts many insurance plans and payment options for our intensive outpatient treatment programs. Please contact Turning Point to confirm services will be covered under your insurance plan. We also contract with DHS, CYDC and DYS.

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