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Intensive Outpatient Program

Treatment Approach
The skills you need to manage your emotions and your behavior

Our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient program provides treatment for teens who are willing and able to live at home, yet require psychological treatment and skill building to function effectively at home and in school. Teens and their families learn the core skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help them understand and manage powerful emotions, become more aware of themselves and how they think, and find effective ways of coping with stress.

To ensure positive outcomes we work closely with our patients, their community-based clinicians, and their families to create a working diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and implement a comprehensive plan for life after discharge.

Who we treat

We treat teens, ages 13 – 17, who may be struggling with one or more psychiatric disorders and/or an addiction. These include:

Persistent feelings of pervasive sadness, hopelessness and helplessness that interfere with thinking and daily activities.
Anxiety disorders
The persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things.
The intentional and repeated physical harm of oneself.
Eating disorders
A range of disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
Substance use disorders
The compulsive or difficult-to-control use of drugs or alcohol despite negative or harmful consequences.
How we treat

DBT is a highly-structured form of behavioral therapy designed to provide the skills necessary to regulate emotions, control destructive behaviors and improve interpersonal relationships. Through DBT skills training groups and coaching, patients learn how to better regulate their emotions and to replace dysfunctional coping strategies with more adaptive behaviors.

Patients learn the five core DBT skills and practice using them every day.

Mindfulness: recognizing thoughts and feelings in the moment and realizing there’s a choice in how to respond.

Emotional Regulation: learning to more effectively control emotions and become less reactive to people and situations.

Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to maintain relationships, meet personal needs and preserve self-respect.

Distress Tolerance: using an “acceptance strategy” to help tolerate intense emotions without engaging in problematic behaviors.

Middle Path: a skill for effectively managing extreme patterns of thought and behavior to achieve greater balance in life.

Our treatment team
Our specialized, DBT-trained team includes social workers and counselors.
Fees for treatment

Silver Hill Hospital participates in many insurance and managed care networks that provide coverage for intensive outpatient services. We are required under our insurance contracts to collect co-payments, deductibles or co-insurance for which the insured is financially responsible. Our Admissions Staff can help you determine your insurance benefits and the amount, if any, of your financial obligation for treatment.

Silver Hill Hospital participates with the following insurance or behavioral health managed care organizations to provide intensive outpatient services to their members:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Plans other states
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • Magellan Behavioral Health (Yale employees)
  • Managed Health Network
  • Medicare
  • United Health Care/Oxford Health Plans/Optum
  • Value Options
  • Yale Health Plan (Yale students)
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For your reference

To learn more about our range of programs in the Adolescent Center please download our brochure.

Let’s get started.

Allow us to help you get better. Contact us today to find out which program might be right for you, or to begin the process of arranging for treatment.

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1 (866) 542 4455

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