North Star IOP provides an intensive, time limited treatment, for children ages 5 to 12, who are struggling with behavioral, emotional, and social needs. The program provides structured clinical support within a therapeutic group milieu. The treatment is individualized, provided by a multidisciplinary team and supervised by a child psychiatrist. Services include weekly individual and family therapy, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and structured therapeutic groups. Family involvement is a central part of the program. Daily communication and regular family meetings are essential.
Children attend the program 3-5 days per week, on average for 8 weeks. The program operates from 2-5pm during the school year and between 10am-1pm during the summer.
- To reduce the length of stay a child may experience in a more restricted setting
- To prevent placements outside the community
- Stabilize, reduce, or alleviate serious behavioral and emotional symptoms
- Provide assessment when a child is not able to function at home or school
- To provide a more intensive level of care when once a week outpatient therapy is not sufficient
When to Apply
Some examples of when a referral should be made include children that are:
- Acting out or having tantrums at home and school
- Displaying poor social skills or self-control
- Showing unexplained changes in mood or behavior
- At risk for hospitalization or other placements
- Being discharged from a higher level of care
- Victims or possible victims of abuse or other trauma