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Intensive Outpatient Program

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Overview

Akron Children’s Division of Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for teens experiencing psychiatric symptoms. In addition to our inpatient unit, we offer 2 levels of intensive mental health treatment in an outpatient setting for teens whose symptoms are severe enough to warrant additional services beyond traditional therapy.

Program Benefits

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) focuses on short- term stabilization to help at-risk teens improve functioning, develop healthy coping skills and stabilize mood.

Our multidisciplinary team includes licensed mental health therapists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses. Our program uses evidence-based therapy and skill-training exercises to increase self- awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviors, enabling teens to make healthier choices. Family education and therapy are also essential parts of our program. 

Our Doctors/Providers

Kathy Royer
Kathy Royer, CNS-BC, APRN

Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Eligibility Criteria

  • Teens must be between ages 12-18 and still in school.
  • Teens and parents/legal guardians must seek treatment voluntarily.
  • Parents/legal guardians must agree to participate in their teen’s individual treatment plan.
  • Teens must be committed to safety for themselves and others while in the program.
  • Teens must participate in all program sessions and cannot choose to attend only certain sessions, such as individual psychiatric services.
  • PHP and IOP are not for teens with a primary diagnosis of eating disorders, substance abuse disorders or significant behavior disorders. 

Contact Us

After-Hours Crisis

If you feel your teen is in immediate crisis and out of control, we encourage you to call 911.

If your teen is in crisis and at risk of harming himself or others but is not out of control, you can call Akron Children’s Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) at 330-543-7472 or bring your child to the Akron Children’s ER.

PIRC offers round-the-clock mental health assessments by phone and may direct families to the ER for evaluation. Akron Children’s has a Behavioral Health ER unit dedicated to patients with emotional and behavioral health issues that is equipped with a calming, secure environment and staff trained to de-escalate behavior, and stabilize and assess patients in crisis.