Intensive Outpatient Program

Akron Children's Intensive Outpatient Program offers intensive psychiatric services to teens ages 13-18 in an outpatient setting. Our program is designed to keep teens in the community, out of psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, and/or transition teens from an inpatient unit back home. Read More...

Rocker Laura
Laura Rocker, MD
Medical Director, Partial Hospitalization Program; Medical Director, Intensive Outpatient Program

Mohamed Rihab

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Karla Mellott, LISW
Behavioral Health Case Manager

Ott Megan
Megan Ott, LPCC-S
Mental health therapist

Cook Ryan
Ryan Cook, LPCC-S
Mental health therapist

Crookston Kendra
Kendra Crookston, LPCC-S
Mental Health Therapist

Daugherty Molly
Molly Daugherty, LPCC-S
Mental health therapist

Leslie Terri
Terri Leslie, MSSA, LISW-S
Mental health therapist

Straight Douglas
Douglas Straight, LPCC-S
Manager, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs

Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat
Here are some of the conditions treated in this department. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, and Self Injury.



Intensive Outpatient - Overview

The Akron Children’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is dedicated to providing parents and teens with a healing experience in which to learn skills that promote harmony and growth. To reach this goal, the treatment team needs your commitment and active participation in the program. Multi-Family Group Therapy is an integral component of the program as we strongly believe in and practice family centered care.

The IOP offers intensive services through a structured program using group therapy and case management. You and your teen will be taught important skills that will assist in changing problem behaviors, improving interpersonal relationships and coping with stressful situations. These skills will be practiced throughout the day in a variety of program activities.

An IOP clinician will assess parents and teens to determine the appropriateness of the program. If IOP is a suitable option, the program will begin immediately following the assessment. This clinician who performs the assessment will then follow the parent and teen throughout their IOP stay. This clinician will manage the treatment, coordinate care with community resources and assist with setting up post-discharge follow-up care.

Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Program

Programming is evidenced based and provides skills training to increase awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to enable teens to make healthier commitments and choices for themselves.

Family involvement is an essential component. Family therapy and education is provided as a core element in each program. The teen and family participate in the individual treatment plan, which is reviewed continually. Other services include case management.

We provide recommendations for follow-up outpatient care and discharge planning for patients and their families.

Intensive Outpatient Criteria

  • The adolescent must be between the ages of 13-18.  
  • The teen must meet DSM-5-R criteria for a diagnosed Axis I psychiatric illness.  
  • Both patient and parent/legal guardian seek treatment voluntarily.  
  • Parent/legal guardian agrees to participate in the treatment.  
  • The adolescent is not a safety risk to himself or others.  
  • Clinical evidence shows this is the best choice for treatment.

Our program is not for teens whose primary diagnosis is an eating disorder or substance abuse. 


What To Expect

Program Times

 4- 7:15 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

Your multi-family group therapy time will be determined by you and your IOP clinician. After 6 p.m., the main number to the program is transferred to voicemail. If you need to speak to someone directly, please contact the Terri Leslie, LISW, IOP Coordinator/Clinician, at 330-543-4357.

Program Groups

Check in/Goals  - Clients check in about their current emotional and mental health status and discuss the progress they made towards the goals that they have set for the week.

Process - This is an open-ended group designed to have teens focus on the issues leading to their admission into the program and the work they need to accomplish to better function with their family, peers and in the community 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills - This group teaches a skill from the DBT model which will be reflected in all the other groups throughout the day.

Multi Family Group Therapy - Families meet together with their teen to examine ways to problem solve, set short term and long term goals, and promote a validating family environment. 

Art Therapy - This group will use the medium of art to reduce anxiety, to prompt the release of emotions and to explore issues related to the adolescent’s admission. 

Yoga - This group uses the principles of yoga practice to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health issues.

Check-out/Goals setting - In this final group, the clients will set achievable and measurable goals to work on in their homes and communities through the week.  Their level of safety to return home will also be assessed.

Drop Off & Pick Up Policy

We expect all adolescents to be dropped off and picked up promptly at the above times. We will not assume responsibility of your child outside of these hours.  Adolescents will not be permitted to be in the IOP (Suite 205) before 4 p.m. and after 7:15 p.m.  If they are in the area outside of the IOP suite during these times they will not be monitored or supervised by any member of the Division of Psychiatry and Psychology staff.

Parent/Guardian’s Responsibilities

  • Transport your teen to and from program each day at the scheduled time.
  • Attend all scheduled Multi Family Group Therapy sessions.
  • Give medications at home. Our program does not permit medication dispensing.
  • Complete treatment planning and aftercare planning with the IOP clinician.
  • Monitor your teen’s activities when she is not in the program. Report any problems or concerns to the program staff.

 Teen’s Responsibilities

  • Be committed to your continued journey of recovery and health.
  • Participate in all scheduled activities.
  • Obey the rules of the IOP.
  • Complete any homework and goal-related activities.
  • Behave in a mature and respectable manner.                                    

Follow-up Care

Prior to discharge, an appointment for follow-up care must be in place. This is the parent or guardian's responsibility, although the treatment team will offer recommendations to help guide you in this process.

The parents or legal guardians must check with their insurance provider for the specifics of their mental health coverage.

Please note:  We require your child to have an outpatient therapist identified in order to participate in IOP, and we do encourage your child to continue to meet with his/her outpatient therapist while he/ she is in IOP. If this becomes an issue with your insurance, we will need to discuss a more fitting treatment plan.

After-Hours Crisis Coverage

  • If you feel that your teen is in immediate crisis and "out of control," we encourage you to contact the police.
  • If your teen is in crisis and at risk of harming himself or others but is not out of control, you may contact the hospital operator at 330-543-1000 for assistance or you may bring your child to Akron Children's ER in downtown Akron.


Photo Galleries

The following photos offer a peek at the treatments areas for the Intensive Outpatient Program.


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Akron Children's Hospital
Division of Pediatric Psychiatry/Psychology
AES Building
388 South Main St., Suite 205
Akron , OH 44311
Phone: 330-543-4747
Fax: 330-543-3942
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