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Mental Health Outpatient Programs

The NorthStar team strives to provide the highest quality of care in an exceptional therapeutic environment.

Meeting individual needs

We have the opportunity to provide individualized care for each person or family participating in our programs.
The first step is determining the specific needs of individuals who chose to join our Mental Health Outpatient Programs. A detailed evaluation will be conducted to set out a course of treatment.
Programs
The Mental Health Programs at NorthStar are intensive and comprehensive programs designed to help individuals struggling with mental health issues. Though the programs addresses a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and others, the Northstar team focus more on symptoms, stressors, and specific complaints. This approach is practical in dealing with each individual's needs of those who participate in our programs.
There are three levels of programs at the NorthStar center:

1- Patial Hospital Program (PHP).
PHP is the highest level of care of the NorhtStar programs and can be an appropriate alternative to inpatient treatment, but it can also be a benefit to patients transitioning from inpatient to outpatient care. PHP offers comprehensive treatment during the day, with patients returning to their homes in the evening.

PHP runs 5 hours/day five days per week for a period of one to six week,  Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
IOP is a less intensive level of care from PHP and provides opportunity for more intensive treatment than can be provided in a traditional outpatient setting.  Adults who need a brief, comprehensive reassessment of their outpatient treatment, including a possible change in their medication regimen will find this program beneficial.
IOP runs for a period of three to six week, with the following schedule options: 
  1. Mornings IOP: 3 hour / 3 days a week program Monday through Friday 10 am to 1 pm.
  2. Afternoons IOP: 3 hour / 3 days a week program Monday through Friday 2 pm to 5 pm.
  3. Evenings IOP: 3 hour / 3 days a week treatment, available on Monday through Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.
3- Outpatient Setting.
Upon completion of either PHP or IOP, referals will be made for follow up with individual counseling and psychiatric follow up.
Services
Our full range of therapeutic services are available to participants of both programs (Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospital Program): Individualized treatment includes group psychotherapy, education for life management, stress reduction education, cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention and medication management and individualized treatment. The therapeutic focus is on symptom relief, problem solving and improving the person's ability to function independently.
We structure our groups on the following format:
Illness and Recovery (IMR) Program:
The Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) program is a step-by-step program that gives people information and skills to help them set and achieve personally meaningful recovery goals. It can be provided in an individual or group format. It conveys confidence that people who
experience psychiatric symptoms can move forward in their lives. It introduces the concept of recovery and encourages consumers to develop their own definitions of recovery. In these sessions, IMR practitioners help consumers establish personally
Wellness Education Program:
Wellness groups are open to anyone wanting to improve his or her sense of well-being, quality of life, and relationships.  Based on the idea that "information is power," the Wellness Program offers topic-focused groups that are strength and skill-building:
  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Creating happiness
  • Support group for single parents
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Assertion training
  • Couples issues
  • Women's wellness
  • Anger management
  • Coping with a loss
  • Adults with aging parents
  • Bipolar education
  • Positive living
  • Social skills
To assist us in goals, the NorthStar team members are provided with state-of-the-art computer program that monitors progress, keeps track of symptoms, goals, stressors and assists the team in helping our patients solve their problems quickly and efficiently.