Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Highland Ridge Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Highland Ridge Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for Adolescents in Salt Lake City

Highland Ridge Hospital provides an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adolescents ages 13-17 who have been struggling with mental and behavioral health concerns. Our adolescent IOP in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a safe and supportive environment where young people receive personalized care provided by experienced and compassionate professionals.

Who We Serve

Admissions criteria for our adolescent IOP at Highland Ridge Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah

Our adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed to provide structured clinical support for young people whose lives have been disrupted by one or more mental or behavioral health challenges. The program accepts adolescents ages 13-17 of all genders.

As an IOP, this program serves adolescents whose symptoms are not severe enough to require round-the-clock services. Young people may step down to IOP after completing a more intensive level of care, or they may enter treatment with us directly at the IOP level.

All admissions decisions at our adolescent IOP in Salt Lake City, Utah, are made on an individual basis following a close review of each young person’s needs and goals. In general, this program may be an optimal treatment environment for adolescents who have been experiencing concerns such as the following:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Conduct disorder
  • Depression
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Pornography addiction
  • Substance use disorders
  • Self-harm

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of every type of mental or behavioral health concern that adolescents can receive care for in our adolescent IOP.

To determine if our adolescent IOP is the right place for your child, please contact Highland Ridge Hospital at your earliest convenience. The more we understand about your child’s needs, the better we will be able to help you identify the right type and level of care.

A member of our team is available 24/7 to answer all your questions and provide the information that you need to make the best decision for your child and your family.

Program Features

Features of treatment in the intensive outpatient program for adolescents at Highland Ridge Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah

Young people who participate in our adolescent IOP take part in treatment during after-school hours. Typical length of stay in this program is two months, but the actual amount of time that your child spends in our adolescent IOP will be determined by their needs and progress.

As is the case with all programs at Highland Ridge Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, each young person who takes part in our adolescent IOP will follow a personalized treatment plan. We understand the many unique ways that adolescents can be impacted by mental and behavioral health challenges, and we’re committed to working closely with you and your child to identify the most beneficial and appropriate services.

The experienced and compassionate professionals who provide care in our adolescent IOP employ a variety of treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Among their many benefits, these modalities can help your child with the following:

  • Identifying self-defeating thought patterns
  • Understanding the connection between thoughts and actions
  • Improving stress-management and distress-tolerance capabilities
  • Developing more effective communication skills
  • Adopting healthier behavior strategies

Group therapy is the main means of care in our adolescent IOP program. Each treatment day includes multiple groups. Adolescents who participate in IOP will take part in psychoeducation groups, process groups, and experiential groups. The following are examples of the many topics that may be addressed during adolescent IOP groups:

  • Communication
  • Healthy relationships
  • Anger management
  • Skill-building
  • Coping skills for anxiety
  • Coping skills for depression
  • Pornography addiction
  • Self-harm

The adolescent IOP at our hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, also includes multiple experiential therapy sessions each week, including yoga and a ropes course. Experiential therapies are dynamic opportunities that can help your child process their emotions, build their confidence and self-esteem, and view challenges and successes from a new perspective.

With deep appreciation for the important role that parents and other caregivers play in their children’s lives, we also provide weekly family therapy sessions for all adolescent IOP participants. Family therapy sessions can be invaluable opportunities for you to process the impact that your child’s struggles have had on your life, heal rifts that may have occurred within your family, and learn how to best support your child during and after their time in our adolescent IOP in Salt Lake City, Utah.

All therapy within our adolescent IOP is provided by compassionate professionals who have specific training and experience working with young people and their loved ones.

Benefits of IOP

How the intensive outpatient program for adolescents in Salt Lake City, Utah, can help your child

Our adolescent IOP can provide your child with a strong connection to structured clinical support while also allowing them to attend school and otherwise engage in a healthy and productive lifestyle.

The adolescent IOP at Highland Ridge is a safe and supportive environment in which your child can share their thoughts, learn from the insights of others, and receive focused feedback from compassionate experts. Our adolescent programming helps young people overcome the shame, frustration, and isolation that so often accompany mental and behavioral health challenges.

During a typical day in adolescent IOP at our hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, your child will take part in three group sessions. They’ll benefit from the guidance and supervision of a team of experienced professionals, and they’ll also have the opportunity to form healthy friendships with peers who have been experiencing similar struggles.

The nature of IOP means that your child will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and behavioral strategies at home, in school, and in the context of other “real world” environments. When they’re taking part in IOP, they can process their success and setbacks, discuss their experiences, and make the changes that will support sustained progress.

Continued Support

Preparing your child for ongoing success after they complete our IOP for adolescents in Salt Lake City, Utah

Receiving care via our adolescent IOP can be a vital step on your child’s path toward improved health. But our intensive outpatient program will just be one part of the journey. At Highland Ridge Hospital, we’re committed to preparing your child and your family for continued progress following your time with us.

Prior to the completion of your child’s time in our adolescent IOP in Salt Lake City, Utah, we’ll provide you with a detailed discharge plan. This personalized document will identify the professional referrals and community-based resources that will help your child maintain and build upon the progress they made while in our care. As with all other aspects of your child’s experience in our IOP, the discharge plan will be individualized according to their strengths, needs, progress, and goals.

To learn more about how we can prepare your child for continued success, or for answers to any questions that you may have about any other features of our adolescent IOP, contact Highland Ridge Hospital today.

Highland Ridge's programs are unlike any other. They really know their stuff!

– Michelle E.