Our Outpatient Mental Health Programs in California
There are multiple forms of treatment for mental health challenges, including outpatient treatment. Outpatient programs can be the next step after completing a form of inpatient treatment. Outpatient mental health programs offer the flexibility to attend school, work, and important life events.
While it offers a lot of freedom, it requires the patient to still follow a strict course of care. Keeping a strict schedule offers the patient stability and support to help conquer the daily battles of mental health.
At Montare Behavioral Health, it doesn’t matter where a person is on their journey as we’re committed to helping them achieve better mental health. Our outpatient programs are designed to help clients with medical care as well as guiding them toward a happy, fulfilling life.
Choosing the Right Behavioral Health Services
Rehabilitation for those living with mental health issues is a personal and important decision. Many factors should be taken into consideration when deciding on the right form of behavioral health services for you.
Some of those factors include:
- If you’re struggling to keep a job?
- Are you homeless?
- If you’re able to care for yourself?
- Are you able to step away from your job?
- Is there someone to care for your kids?
- What are your goals?
Treatment facilities that offer behavioral health services can often effectively manage mental health disorders. At Montare Behavioral Health, we offer two programs for treating mental health, inpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment.
Inpatient treatment is usually the first step in treatment. Inpatient treatment provides a very strict schedule that offers support and education needed to build healthy habits. Inpatient treatment can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Outpatient programs can act as a part of a continued care program.
Should I Go to Outpatient Therapy?
Outpatient mental health programs aren’t as strictly supervised, so a person must be able to supervise himself. In order to be accepted into an outpatient program, people must show that they are mentally healthy and stable enough to not need 24-hour supervision. Typically treatment in an outpatient setting is after a person successfully completes inpatient treatment.
Our outpatient mental health programs are designed to offer support and guidance to continue growing healthy patterns. Even though most people in our outpatient programs have gone through inpatient treatment, some people go straight into outpatient programs to help with mental health issues.
At Montare Behavioral Health, we design programs around the life of those who can not leave their family or their jobs. Those still in school benefit greatly from the flexibility of our programs.
Types of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
Finding the balance in the life of taking care of our responsibilities and taking care of ourselves is a constant battle. But for those who are in need of mental health services, finding the balance is even harder. They have no choice but to get professional help. Once they have completed inpatient treatment, they along with their therapy team will decide what the best next step will be. The most common outpatient treatments include partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programs, and general outpatient.
What are Partial Hospitalization Programs?
Partial hospitalization programs or PHP, are the next step after completing inpatient treatment. PHP combines the structure and demand of an inpatient program in an outpatient environment.
What to Expect in a PHP
The patient spends around 8 hours a day in treatment and spends their nights and weekends in their regular lives. It can be scary when you complete inpatient treatment. Getting back to the “real” world and staying mentally healthy comes with new challenges.
Benefits of PHP
One benefit of PHP is that it allows for easing back into “normal” life while still being able to spend time in a “safe” space. Just like inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization is meant to be your main focus. You will continue with strict treatment while being in charge of your free time. This allows a person to hold down a job, raise their family, and have a social life.
What is an Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Program?
A further step down is an intensive outpatient program or IOP. Some people enter this stage of treatment right out of inpatient treatment. While others complete a PHP and still need more treatment.
What to Expect in an IOP
An IOP only requires around 3 hours a day of treatment, usually 5 times per week. This allows for even more freedom for regular life. For most people, being allowed to spend more time with family and friends helps boost spirits and confidence.
Therapeutic Outpatient Mental Health Programs
Each rehabilitation center offers unique features and programs, but all centers offer common programs in outpatient treatment. At Montare Behavioral Health, we offer multiple different therapeutic programs such as:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Social Integration
- Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
We also offer these treatments to battle mental health issues:
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Daily Individual Therapy
- Neuropsychological Diagnostic Testing
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Holistic Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT is a form of psychotherapy. CBT is a hands-on approach that believes if you change the thought pattern you change the behavior.
In CBT, the therapist will help the patient identify the way their thinking affects their lives. The therapist will guide the patient as they learn to restructure their thoughts, and in the process, have positive behaviors. The patient will set goals for their life and will learn the best ways to achieve those goals.
Dialectal Behavior Therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, focuses on four areas of therapeutic skills. These areas focus on emotional pain and having healthy relationships.
- Mindfulness – being present in the moment
- Distress Tolerance – facing negative emotions
- Emotion Regulation – learn ways to handle negative emotions
- Interpersonal Effectiveness – healthy communication skills
Mostly everyone has dealt with trauma at some point in their lives. But those with mental illnesses process these traumas differently than others. In trauma therapy, the therapist will help the patient dig deep to the root of his or her issue.
Together, the patient and therapist will heal the past trauma and rebuild a healthy, happy life. At Montare Behavioral Health, we provide a safe and trusting environment that allows the patient to feel empowered to take control of his or her life.
In order to heal the whole person we firmly believe that holistic therapy is essential. Holistic therapy focuses on the entire body, mind, and spirit. Some forms of holistic therapy involve the following.
- Massage Therapy
- Nutritional Education
- Physical Fitness
Importance of Mental Health Treatment
There are millions of people that suffer from multiple mental disorders. Unfortunately, other underlying issues can disguise mental illnesses so people do not seek treatment before it gets really bad. Sometimes they won’t seek help at all. This, as a result, leaves a person in a worse state than if they just faced the issues and got help.
Why Choose Outpatient Mental Health Programs at Montare BH?
Participation in our outpatient treatment programs gives the patient access to all the programs offered at Montare Behavioral Health. That is very beneficial in recovery because no matter what stage you’re in, you can keep the same therapists and the same type of care. Our professional staff is dedicated to helping you find happiness and great mental health.
Outpatient programs at Montare Behavioral Health offer a comprehensive approach to guiding a patient to better mental health. Our professional and caring staff are there to educate and support you on your journey.
Benefits of Outpatient Mental Health Services
Our mental health treatment center in Southern California is different than other facilities of the same nature. Outpatient care at Montare BH provides the same standard care as our inpatient programs without as much of a time commitment.
Less of a time commitment paired with the same quality of care is one of the more obvious benefits of outpatient programs. But there are many additional reasons to consider this form of treatment.
Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment is Often Less Expensive
Outpatient care is often much less expensive than inpatient care. Insurance providers also may be more likely to cover treatment in its outpatient form because it is less expensive. And if certain insurance providers don’t cover it entirely, it still means that patients won’t need to pay as much out-of-pocket. This makes mental health treatment affordable and accessible for everyone who needs it.
Why does Outpatient Care Cost Less than an Inpatient Program?
Receiving quality mental health treatment in the United States can be costly. Inpatient programs can easily cost individuals tens of thousands of dollars, if not more. It makes sense: staying overnight in a medical facility puts more strain on the facility.
For instance, inpatient programs typically provide multiple meals, housing, and 24/7 support. Taking away some of the responsibility of a treatment facility allows it to charge patients less.
Telehealth Options are More Likely Available
More and more insurance providers offer extensive coverage for virtual medical visits. Virtual outpatient mental health services may be offered in some facilities to clients who could benefit from them.
Obstacles to treatment can often prevent individuals from getting the help they so desperately need. In fact, Mental Health America found 19% of people suffered from a mental illness from 2017-2018. Yet almost a quarter of this population reported they didn’t receive treatment, illuminating the need for accessible mental health care.
Since individuals don’t necessarily need to attend treatment more than a few hours a week, telehealth visits may benefit some clients. Some people who may benefit from virtual outpatient care include those with a physical disability along with individuals who don’t have a reliable mode of transportation.
Moving Away Might Not Mean Losing a Medical Provider
More than the benefit of convenience, finding the right counselor or therapist can be a challenge. Once those struggling with psychological health issues find the right match, it’s painful to part ways. Virtual options may allow clients to keep their mental health providers despite moving.
Employees Can Keep Their Health Insurance
Employees suffering from a mental health disorder might find themselves in an uncomfortable position. Many employees have insurance through their employer. More often than not, when people quit or are let go, they lose the insurance that their employee covered fully or partially.
Individuals who need behavioral health care can get the treatment they need at a price they can afford through outpatient services. Eliminating the need to live at a mental health treatment facility means that employees can still go to work, thereby keeping their insurance. That isn’t to downplay the difficulty in going to work while struggling with mental illness. But speaking candidly to an employer can help while an employee undergoes treatment.
Your Rights as an Employee
Speaking to an employer honestly about having a mental illness prior to attending outpatient services can be difficult. It’s hard enough to talk about mental illness with medical professionals, let alone accept you may have one in the first place.
Fortunately, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) writes that employers are likely unable to fire an employee with a disability—and having a mental illness could be a disability in many cases. Also, as long as you’re making an effort to attend treatment, employers should be understanding without any legal obligations to fulfill.
Outpatient Mental Health Programs Can Act as Aftercare
There are different levels of care here at Montare BH. Outpatient care is the least intense form of care because clients only participate in such programs a few hours per week. While this could be ineffective for people beginning their journey to recovery, it can act as a great form of aftercare for those further along.
By definition, aftercare is a program or strategy a person puts in place after he or she ends treatment. Patients who have completed an intensive outpatient program can use a general outpatient program to maintain mental health. People can only overcome mental illness in the long term by managing it at all times, not just when it gets worse.
The Importance of Aftercare
Research shows that some common mental illnesses have a high chance of relapse after initial recovery. But regular aftercare can reduce the chances of becoming part of this statistic.
It’s easy to slip from feeling stable to being at your lowest point without noticing. Making sure to include therapy, medication, and holistic therapy consistently in your life can prevent this. That means even after feeling stable, regardless of how long you’ve felt mentally stable.
At Montare Behavioral Health, we understand that medical management is an important part of mental health. If you are already on a medication regimen we will continue with your care. And if you are not on a medication regimen and it shows it would be beneficial, we will start you on one. At Montare Behavioral Health, we stay with you every step of your recovery in order to achieve a mentally healthy and spiritually fulfilled life.
Let Montare Behavioral Health Help You!
Asking for any kind of help can be difficult for some, but the decision to seek behavioral health services can be terrifying. Some people believe that they can heal themselves. But there is no reason to travel this journey alone. Let the dedicated staff at Montare Behavioral Health walk the path with you.
No matter where you are in your recovery journey, we can help you continue succeeding. If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness, let the caring staff at Montare Behavioral Health help you find happiness. Please contact us today and discuss the best options for treatment.