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Intensive Outpatient Services for Mental Health and Addiction

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When faced with the struggle of one’s mental health, it can often times be daunting to determine which services are available to you, if they are the right fit, and/or how to go about obtaining them. At Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we are here to help you navigate your way through this process and help you seek the services that are best suited for you or your loved one. Bakersfield behavioral Healthcare Hospital offers a wide variety of services for varying levels of concerns and at times that enable you to be able to still work or go to school while being able to seek the help that you need. We understand that the world does not come to a stop when we or someone we love becomes sick and therefore we do our utmost to ensure scheduling that will contribute to a good work/school and therapeutic balance.

Program Philosophy

The Purpose of our Outpatient Programs are to help assist each individual in learning effective ways to manage and care for oneself while living with the struggles surrounding their Mental Health. We will work closely with individuals to help reduce and/or stabilize symptoms while they still have the ability to live at home among family. Through individualized, group, and family therapy sessions, we will teach techniques to assist with anticipating and managing symptoms.

Who can attend?

We offer both our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) programs to adults (18 and older). We also offer a Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP) for adults (18 and older). We have recently added evening and weekend IOP sessions for those who work or are attending school. We respect your daily schedule and want to accommodate you best we can.

Outpatient Programs

At Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we offer two levels of Outpatient Services. After assessment, we work closely with you to determine what is best for you and your specific circumstances. Individuals can utilize our Outpatient Services either directly after discharge from any of our Inpatient Services or by direct admit into the Stepping Stones Outpatient Programs. Our team partners with you to offer treatment while helping you to maintain an independent lifestyle, as the ultimate goal is to assist you in getting back to living your life with greater insight, adjustment, health, and joy. Our two levels of Outpatient Programs are:

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) enables us to provide a level of care without the need for having someone admitted into one of our Inpatient Programs. Through our IOP, individuals are able to attend intensive group therapy at least three hours a day, three days a week, returning home each night to implement the skills that they have been learning throughout the groups they attend.

Partial Hospitalization Program

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a higher level of Intensive Outpatient services that requires more time to be spent in intensive therapy without need for inpatient care. Through our PHP, individuals are able to attend intensive group therapy four hours a day for five days a week, returning home each night to implement the skills that they have learned through the groups they attend.

Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program

The Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP) is a group focused, non-residential program for substance abusing adults ages 18 and over. CD-IOP is more intensive than traditional outpatient treatment services, offering nine hours of treatment per week. Treatment typically lasts eight weeks but varies with individual needs and participation. Our program models a blend of 12 steps and modern motivational techniques.

How Do I Know What Level of Outpatient Care is Needed for Myself or a Loved One?

Bakersfield Behavioral healthcare Hospital employees trained clinical staff that will help you or a loved one navigate your way through the intake process. After meeting with you or your loved, a recommendation will be made for the program that is best suited to the needs of the patient. After discussing the recommendation, your treatment team will discuss with you the times and days for your specific program.

What Does a Typical Day Look Like?

When we are struggling with our mental health, it is helpful to be around others who have similar struggles and concerns. All too often in today’s society, the stigma that surrounds mental health and substance abuse hinders individuals from feeling as though their concerns are legitimate or it may add to their feelings of isolation. Through Stepping Stones, we offer some of the following services;


  • Psychiatric Assessments and Treatment
  • Individual Treatment Planning
  • Physician Oversight
  • Medication Management
  • Addiction Treatment
  • Therapeutic Group Sessions
  • Family Group Education
  • Individual Counseling
  • Medi-Yoga
  • Pet Therapy
  • Music and Movement Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Access to our Gym
  • Discharge Planning
  • Community Referrals
  • Transportation when available
  • Meals and/or snacks
  • Homework time for all adolescent services

Do You Accept Insurance?

We accept most insurance carriers as well as offer rates for cash pay options. We work closely with local Physicians, Clinics, Schools, EAP programs, and self-referring individuals in order to help them through the assessment process. After assessment, Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital will work closely with each individual in order to determine which program is the best fit for them.

How do I Take Advantage of These Services?

If you or a loved one is struggling with their mental health and/or substance abuse issues, we encourage you to do any of the following;

  • Call our hospital at 1-877-755-4907
  • Come into our facility located at 5201 White Lane, Bakersfield California, 93309

If you are concerned for the immediate wellbeing and safety of yourself or a loved one please;

  • Call 988
  • Call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255
  • Call the local Crisis hotline at 1-800-991-5272