Elk County Intensive Outpatient, a new program at Dickinson Center, Inc.,
will start August, 26th, 2015 in St. Marys.
What is Intensive Outpatient (IOP)?
Dickinson’s Intensive Outpatient Program partners with the Seneca Highlands Intermediate
Unit-9 to meet individuals mental health and educational needs. The two organizations’ staff
work together as an inter-disciplinary team to ensure the best quality services for the
individuals and families served.
What grade does a student have to be in to receive IOP?
Students from 6th through 12th grade can receive IOP services from Elk, Cameron, and McKean public school systems.
Is IOP similar to a residential treatment program?
No, this is a day treatment program. The program works with the current school schedule and offers services during the traditional school day. The program offers several levels of services depending on the level of need. We offer a full-time therapist who travels to the area schools providing group and individual therapy once or twice a week.
What groups are offered at IOP?
Psycho-educational and skills-based group therapy focuses on diagnosis, symptoms, medication, anger management, self-concept, conflict resolution, coping skills, process discussion etc.
Is there a cost to the program?
Dickinson bills your child’s medical insurance (CCBH and private insurance).
Copays and deductibles may apply.
What is the difference between part-time and full-time IOP?
During the part-time program, children receive up to 4 hours of counseling a week. The full-time program has a therapist available at all times, and the IU#9 provides a certified special education teacher to meet all educational requirements.
Tonya Wolfe, LSW