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Mental Health Clinic

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Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program

Benefits for Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Mental Health/Psychiatric Concerns

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) through Support Solutions aims to improve functioning and promote quality of life for the individuals we serve who have intellectual disabilities and/or mental health/psychiatric concerns. We accomplish that goal by providing skill building, psychotherapy and coping strategies in a safe, structured environment.

We aim to replace maladaptive coping strategies, while maintaining stability (thus decreasing readmission rates of inpatient hospitalization.) This program works to help individuals achieve their personal goals by using a strengths-based approach and evidence-based tools.

Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program is beneficial to your loved one, particularly because the support and skill building we provide reduces the number of their hospital admissions and readmissions. Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program also serves as a step-down to ensure success, manage symptoms, and reduce the need for a more intensive level of treatment.

IOP Program Benefits and Topics of Focus

Our IOP Program gives individuals the opportunity to:

  • Increase self-awareness and socialization
  • Receive psychoeducation to increase knowledge, normalize treatment issues, and motivate towards positive changes
  • Practice coping strategies in a safe, real-world environment
  • Improve decision-making skills
  • Master skills and learn new skills to replace maladaptive coping strategies
  • Observe healthy behavior modeling
  • Promote symptom management and healthy, affective expression and regulation
  • Learn healthy interpersonal boundaries
  • Learn how diet and exercise contribute to wellness and increased quality of life
  • Learn productive ways to manage triggers and symptoms related to diagnoses
  • Learn skills tailored to the specific person-centered goals of the individual
  • Provide interventions to prevent relapse
  • Learn cognitive processing and cognitive restructuring skills to promote positive behaviors
  • Learn relapse prevention skills and refusal training, stress management, and assertiveness training
  • Receive support for increased growth and development

Group sessions focus on topics such as:

  • Coping skills
  • Anxiety and depression education
  • Stress management and problem-solving
  • Communication and Assertiveness
  • Relaxation skills
  • Recreational therapy and music therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Anger management and Conflict Resolution
  • Affective expression and Regulation
  • Cognitive Coping and Processing
  • Social Skills
  • Relapse Prevention


The IOP program is offered in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee. Participants attend IOP three days a week for three hours each day. The program will be completed in 20 sessions.

Contact Information

Nidia Lantigua, Clinical Coordinator

Additional Resources

Need more info? Click here to download our IOP Information Flyer.

Not sure if your loved one qualifies for IOP? This form can help you identify if IOP could help.

Outpatient Mental Health Services

Our experience in providing quality care to individuals with chronic mental illness as well as persons with developmental disabilities makes Support Solutions uniquely qualified to serve individuals with dual diagnosis and provide outpatient mental health services. Services are provided according to the standards developed by the Department of Mental Health. Individuals receiving services generally have an intellectual/developmental disability and psychiatric diagnosis; however, services are also provided to members from the community.

Psychological Services

Psychological Services, also called talk therapy or counseling, involves talking over the specific problem to uncover misunderstandings or skill gaps. It can be done individually or in groups, depending on the issue. Using a type of therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), we work with individuals to define the problem in a new way, or to re-organize priorities. Once there is agreement about the actual problem, the therapist helps the person to resolve emotional issues or learn new coping skills.

Psychotherapy is not medication, although it is very common for a person to receive both talk therapy services and medication at the same time. Medication services are provided by our on-staff psychiatrist after collaboration and consultation with our therapists and behavior analysts.

All our therapists have extensive experience in providing psychotherapy for adults with developmental delay. Just like the behavior analysts, many of our therapists have additional sub-specialties. Examples of sub-specialties include working with adults and children who suffer from depression, anxiety, mood instability, phase of life issues, and specialized services for individuals who are struggling with their sexuality, coping with chronic or persistent mental illness, etc.

To contact us via phone, please call the Main Office and state the name of the person you're trying to reach.