What is the Mental Health or Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program?

The Winchester Community Mental Health Center, Inc. Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) are short-term outpatient programs designed specifically for adult 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 programs. IOP and SAIOP are ideal for stabilizing those individuals with a history of frequent relapse.  


Treatment is provided in a comfortable and relaxed setting, IOP and SAIOP provide 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 and/or addiction. 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

The Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) runs: 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday, Wednesday & Friday

The Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) runs: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday & Wednesday and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Tuesday & Friday*

*Please note that SAIOP runs 4 days per week with alternating end times.


The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs accept most third party payments, including Medicare and Medicaid. Most insurance companies require pre-authorization. Please contact the Group Services staff for more information.

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