The Compass Health Center Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides short-term stabilization for patients who are having difficulty managing their symptoms in traditional outpatient treatment. The IOP can be used as a bridging treatment between the Partial Hospital Programs (PHP) and traditional outpatient treatment, or as a step-up of care when traditional outpatient care does not suffice. Often patients who begin PHP will step down to the IOP (half-days) before being discharged from the Compass Health Center facilities. The average length of stay in the IOP treatment for depression is approximately 2-6 weeks, however, because each individual will have their own individualized treatment plan, the timing may vary.

Programs for Children (ages 9-12) and Adolescents (ages 12-18)

Through this program, the patient will continue to be involved in school and keep up with as much of their regular routine as possible, while also being provided a intensive support and treatment from Compass Health Center staff. The IOP will run during after school hours to ensure that the patient maintains stability throughout their daily routines.

Programs for Young Adults (ages 18-24) and Adults (ages 25 and up)

Individualized treatment plans are created to focus on stabilizing symptoms and establishing a foundation of skills essential to the long-term success of the individual. Every patient will participate in group and individual therapy, and the adults in the IOP are strongly encouraged to engage in additional family/couples therapy.

Treatment Goals

The highly-trained IOP treatment team at Compass Health Center will design individualized programs for patients with consideration to psychiatric diagnoses, developmental functioning, behavioral needs, family involvement, and community resources. The primary purpose of the IOP is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for patients who are at risk and having difficulty managing life stressors.

Specialized treatment plans include individual and group therapy, peer support, psychiatric treatment, and family intervention. This comprehensive approach is designed to help the patient return to a more functional, healthy, and independent life.

Our goals include:

  • Assessing risk and stabilization of crisis while reducing psychiatric symptoms
  • Designing individualized treatment plans that are appropriate for the patient’s diagnosis, developmental functioning, behavioral needs, family involvement, and community resources
  • Empowering the patient through individual, group, family, CBT, DBT, experiential therapies
  • Helping patients learn concrete coping skills — distress tolerance, emotional management skills, relaxation techniques, and effective communication skills

From the beginning of treatment, family involvement is imperative and an integral component of the program. Research has shown that individuals whose families are involved in their therapeutic treatment have a better outcome and a higher success rate. A major goal through the IOP is to provide family members with information and support that will assist patients in their recovery.

Overall, the Compass Health Center staff will aim to decrease the amount of time a patient spends in the IOP program as their symptoms and level of functioning improves, and our clinicians help them transition back to the community and into the care of outside providers.

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Personalized Treatment Tracks

Patients of our Partial Hospitalization Programs receive individualized psychiatric treatment paths specific to their needs, uniquely developed for each patient by the multidisciplinary Compass Health Center team. We treat many patients for general depression and anxiety, but for patients with more specific difficulties there are a variety of treatment tracks crafted to target these underlying concerns:

  • OCD/Complex Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma

Read more about our treatment tracks.

Staff & Facilities

Compass Health Center provides patients with superior intensive level psychiatric care in a supportive and safe environment. Our goal is to help patients overcome debilitating psychiatric symptoms through scientifically proven treatment modalities. We pride ourselves in offering exceptional treatment to the North Shore and surrounding Chicago area. Each patient is closely monitored by a full-time child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist, licensed group therapist, licensed individual therapist as well as a full-time nurse. The highly-skilled, collaborative team ensure that treatment plans evolve with the needs of the patient.

Our on-site staff for both Compass Health Center locations includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, nurses and special-education teachers. From our outstanding clinical staff to the physical space layout the whole person is appreciated in creating and providing successful psychiatric treatment.


If you would like to consider Intensive Outpatient Treatment for your child, student, or someone you know, call Compass Health Center at 224-306-1879 to schedule an appointment, or fill out the contact form so we can be in touch with you about your options for the IOP treatment for depression.

Next, read about School Refusal Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).