What is the Intensive Outpatient Program?

The Winchester Community Mental Health Center, Inc. Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a short-term outpatient program designed specifically for adult and geriatric patients who are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties, but who do not require (or no longer require) the intense level of psychiatric care provided by our partial hospitalization/day treatment program. IOP is ideal for stabilizing those individuals with a history of frequent relapse.  Eligible patients have acute symptoms of depression and/or anxiety and may be at risk for hospitalization, or may be “stepping down” from a hospital stay.


Treatment is provided in a comfortable and relaxed setting, IOP provides intensive treatment among a therapeutic community of peers. Group therapies are used to promote coping skills, stress management, goal achievement and treatment compliance. (Individual therapy, family therapy, and medication management are provided, when indicated.)


The anticipated outcome is to empower each person to move to their “best” self and thereby learning new ways to cope with stress, anxiety and depression. All our groups and sessions are geared to treating the underlying causes and help facilitate recovery. Combination of group therapy, individual therapies and closely monitored medication management has been validated by research to be one of the most effective forms of treatment of mental disorders.


Referrals are accepted from hospitals, physicians, psychologist, psychotherapist, patients, and social service agencies.

Program Hours

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday-Friday
Afternoon and Evening Hours Available upon WCMHC determination of need


The Partial Hospitalization/Day treatment Program accepts most third party payments, including Medicare and Medicaid. Most insurance companies require pre-authorization. Please contact the Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment Program staff for more information.

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