Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Evolve Outpatient Program?

Evolve Outpatient programs support teens who live at home and attend school, but need support for mental health, addiction, and behavioral issues.

How often will my teen receive treatment?

Teens receive three hours of treatment, three to five days a week.

How many hours per day will my teen receive treatment?

Outpatient teens receive treatment for least three hours per day.

What’s they typical length of treatment?

The length of treatment varies for each individual and depends on a variety of factors. A typical length for outpatient care is around 60 – 90 days.

What are the goals of OP?

Our goal across all levels of care is to give our teenagers the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle when they choose to. We work to make them whole again and provide them with the coping skills they need most. We help them reintegrate into their family, their school, and society-at-large.

Many of our teens—even if they’re not looking at a more intense program like Residential, Partial Hospitalization, or Intensive Outpatient—come to us in a great deal of pain and misery. They’re overwhelmed by difficult emotions and need help navigating them. We help ease their suffering, lead them back toward hope, and teach them to rediscover the joy of living. We give them the tools they need to regulate emotions, respond positively to conflict, and manage their self-defeating behaviors so they can build a life worth living—a life they enjoy, filled with things they love.

In the words of our clinical director Dr. Lauren Kerwin, we give our teens practical tools in the following four areas:

  1. Stress tolerance and management. We teach our teens how to handle the difficulties of life.
  2. Emotional regulation. We teach our teens to manage or change emotions when they need to.
  3. Interpersonal relationships. We teach our teens both the importance of, and how to, get along with people.
  4. Self-acceptance. We teach our teens to be mindful of where they are in the moment, without judgment.

What kind of teen benefits from OP?

While each teenager is unique and it’s impossible to accurately assign a level of care without meeting and assessing a teen and their family, we can safely say that our OP program is probably appropriate for teens with no previous experience with therapy or treatment for mental health, addiction, or behavioral issues. OP may be appropriate for teenagers who need more structure than weekly psychotherapy or those transitioning from partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient level of care. We welcome any teenager willing to learn the skills it takes to change ineffective, problematic behaviors to effective, life-affirming behaviors.

What teens are not appropriate for OP?

Teens in a state of emergency or displaying acute symptoms related to their mental health, addiction, or behavioral issues are not appropriate for our OP program. OP is generally a first-step mental health support.