At Valley Behavioral Health in Fort Smith, Arkansas, we are proud to offer a variety of mental health care for all of our adolescent, adult, and senior patients. In order to ensure that we reach our goal of helping each and every one of our patients achieve a happier, healthier life we provide a number of outpatient programs to accompany our inpatient programs. For our adult patient’s we offer two step-down options including our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP), both of which are designed to treat a wide range of mental health disorders. Additionally, we offer a day treatment program for student’s grades k-12, who are struggling with mental, emotional, and behavioral problems that prevent them from being able to function in a traditional school setting. Each specific program is discussed in more detail below.
Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
This program is designed for adult patients who are still in need of mental health treatment, but no longer need the intensive structure of an inpatient treatment program. Adults in this program will meet Monday through Friday for four hours a day but will spend evenings in their own home. The main treatment focus of the PHP program is centered on group therapy, but individual and family therapy are available if needed. Additionally, medication management is provided throughout programming by a licensed physician.
Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Our IOP program is for those patients who still need some extensive therapy, but also do not require acute inpatient stabilization. With a choice of morning or afternoon groups, this program is held 3-5 times per week, depending upon the needs of the patient. Just like the PHP program at our treatment center, treatment is group therapy format including process groups, education groups, and social skills groups. If needed individual and family therapy can be added to the treatment plan.
Day Treatment Program
For child and adolescent patients, our treatment center offers a therapeutic day treatment program that provides education and mental health services in a therapeutic environment. This school-based program is designed to positively impact at-risk children before more intensive services are needed. The day treatment program, for those ages 5 through 18 years, is held Monday through Friday from 8 am until 3:30 pm. Education is provided by a fully licensed teacher and paraprofessionals. Additionally, all credits received in the program are fully transferable ensuring that patients don’t fall behind in their education.