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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Mountain Post Behavioral Health Clinic
6541 Specker Road, building 1830
Fort Carson, Colorado 80913

Business hours
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Federal Holidays and Selected Training Holidays

Contact information
Phone: 719-526-7155/7661/7662
FAX: 719-503-7884

The Intensive Outpatient Program is located at the Mountain Post Behavioral Health Clinic (building 1830) on Specker Avenue just north of Iron Horse Sports & Fitness Center (building 1925).Turn right onto Prussman Avenue, the clinic parking lot entrance is on the right.

The Intensive Outpatient Program treatment is primarily for Active Duty Service Members (SMs) who have not made adequate progress in routine outpatient behavioral health treatment and are in need of more robust, intensive treatment without the restrictions of a psychiatric inpatient setting. IOP also provides care for SMs that have been recently discharged from inpatient treatment and need more intensive therapy than what can be provided in a weekly outpatient setting.

Primary Services
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Solution-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Daily check in and Crisis Intervention for those referred
Step down from inpatient settings
Step up to higher level care services as needed

Who can be seen here
Active Duty Military; National Guard and Reservists on orders.

Walk-in Services
None. Participants are accepted on a referral status from license Behavioral Health Clinical Providers only

Commonly asked Questions and Answers
How do I get into IOP / How do I make a referral to IOP?

IOP referrals are only accepted from licensed Behavioral Health Clinical providers. For first time referrals please complete the IOP/PHP Referral Form which can be found on the BH shared drive. Please use the most recent version of this form (October 2011) which can be found on the Evans Intranet (click on DCCS, then click on Department of Behavioral Health, then Shared Documents, then click on IOP folder). Please send the referral form via encrypted e-mail to the IOP Director.

If a SM is being referred for additional or multiple IOP track focuses, simply send an encrypted e-mail to Dr. Kalhorn letting her know what program you would like the SM to attend. Depending on how long it has been since the SM completed the previous IOP program, an IOP update/assessment appointment may be required.

While enrolled in the IOP participants are encouraged and expected to continue to meet with their regular Clinical Behavioral Healthcare Providers (CBHP) who resume full responsibility for the SM’s care during and following the completion of the IOP treatment. While IOP staff consult with the SMs regular CBHP, all decisions regarding SM’s diagnosis(es), medication, admission and disposition (i.e., return to duty, MEB, Chapter) will be made by the SM’s CBHP . Participants enrolled in IOP will require IOP formal intakes.
Attendance is critical for the success of the SM progress while in IOP.

The IOP offers three tracks:
This track meets three days per week for five weeks, four hours per day from 0830-1230 every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The group is limited to approximately 12 members . New members start the group each Wednesday of the week. The focus of the group is to provide intense psychoeducation pertaining to crisis stabilization, resiliency skills, medication and symptoms management, and health issues management (such as sleep hygiene, pain management, nutrition awareness and substance abuse). This group will capture SMs being discharged from acute in-patient hospitalization and/or others in the need of immediate higher level of care.

This track meets four days per week for five weeks, four hours per day from 0830-1230 every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The group is limited to approximately 12 members. New members start the group each Tuesday of the week. The IOP-Resiliency model focuses on core-mindfulness, strengthening distress tolerance skills, emotional regulation, skills and interpersonal effectiveness skills for better long-term physical health and emotional well-being.

IOP-Trauma Resolution
IOP-TR groups meet four days per week for six weeks from 1230-1630; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. The enrollment is limited to approximately 12 members per group. This track operates on the same premises as IOP-R with some important differences. First, it is a closed group, meaning group members start and finish the program together due to its use of a sequential cognitive therapy treatment (CPT-C, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD). Second, it is offered to Active Duty SMs with PTSD/or spectrum symptoms, depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, etc., resulting from deployments. The group is limited to individuals who have experienced combat.

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Last Modified 11 July, 2016