Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP)
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What is the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP)?
This service includes structured individual and group addiction activities and services that are provided as an outpatient program designed to assist adult and adolescent consumers to begin recovery from substance abuse and learn skills for maintenance of sobriety. The program is offered at least 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week (i.e. Monday/Wednesday/Friday OR Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday), but the client's required commitment will not exceed 19 hours per week.
SAIOP services shall include a structured program consisting of, but not limited to, the following services:
Individual counseling and support;
Group counseling and support;
Family counseling, training or support;
Where appropriate, drug screens to identify recent drug use (e.g. urine drug screens);
Strategies for relapse prevention to include community and social support systems in treatment;
Crisis contingency planning;
Disease Management; and
Treatment support activities that have been adapted or specifically designed for persons with physical disabilities, or persons with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse/dependence or mental retardation/developmental disability and substance abuse/dependence.
Who is eligible for this service?
The recipient is eligible for this service when at the very least, there is significance substance abuse problem, leading to a mental health diagnosis.
A licensed therapist will complete a comprehensive clinical assessment that demonstrates medical necessity. If qualified, the client will be approved. All relative diagnostic information shall be obtained and included in the Person Centered Plan.
When will the services end?
Recipient’s level of functioning has improved with respect to the goals outlined in the Person Centered Plan, inclusive of a transition plan to step down to a lower level of care; or if the recipeint no longer benefits, or has the ability to function at this level of care and if any of the following applies:
Recipient has achieved positive life outcomes that support stable and ongoing recovery.
Recipient is not making progress, or is regressing and all realistic treatment options have been exhausted indicating a need for more intensive services.
Recipient no longer wishes to receive SAIOP services.
What improvements should I expect?
One expected outcome of SAIOP is abstinence (no use or abuse of drugs or alcohol). Secondary outcomes (i.e., inabstinent patients) include: sustained improvement in health and psychosocial functioning, reduction in any psychiatric symptoms (if present), reduction in public health and/or safety concerns, and a reduction in the risk of relapse as evidenced by improvement in empirically supported modifiable relapse risk factors.