Intensive Outpatient Program

Pearl Health now offers a Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for adolescents (13-17) and adults.

IOPs fill the gap between traditional outpatient (weekly counseling, monthly med checks) and the psychiatric hospital. IOP involves regular group therapy meetings, weekly individual/family therapy, regular medication review and case management.

IOPs are a great way to get intensive services and still be able to return home each day. All adolescent group hours are provided after school.



Existing Pearl Health Clinic clients can request an internal referral from their case manager, CBRS counselor or med management providers. Healthcare providers who wish to make a referral can fax referral info to (208) 346-7501. Individuals who are not actively getting services at Pearl Health Clinic can complete the intake packet here or call the Client Care Department at (208) 346-7500.

After the referral, complete IOP screening and clinical assessment is made. IOP staff send a request for prior authorization to Medicaid or insurance, at which point IOP services may begin. A physical health assessment is also completed prior to or shortly after starting IOP services.


  • 6 Hours per week for adolescents
  • 9 Hours per week for adults
  • 3-12 Individuals per group
  • Typical admission lasts 1-2 months


  • Being released from a psychiatric hospital like BHC or State Hospital South
  • Recently visited Crisis Center or ER for behavioral/mental health concerns
  • Attempted to get into psychiatric hospital but was not severe enough for admission
  • Symptoms or functioning have worsened significantly
  • Minimal improvement with traditional intensity outpatient treatment
  • Feeling overwhelmed and/or hopeless
  • Need mental health services multiple times per week for depression, bipolar, PTSD, etc.
  • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide without intent to act on the thoughts