Evolve Adolescent Behavioral Health

Intensive Outpatient (IOP) / After-School

When Is IOP Necessary?

Evolve Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) support adolescents 12-17 years old who need clinical support to maintain stability, but do not require 24/7 supervision. The IOP level of care, also referred to as an “after school program,” includes 3 hours of programming, four days a week. IOP for teens is often an ideal approach for those who can reasonably maintain day-to-day activities but need more support than weekly counseling sessions with an outpatient individual therapist. Teens at this level of care are able to live at home and attend school but need extra support for their mental health, substance use, and behavioral issues.  


An intensive outpatient program is a great way to transition from higher levels of care such as inpatient, residential or PHP as a way to reconnect with the community while continuing to receive intensive therapeutic support and half days of supervision. These programs also benefit those who require more structure and support than provided in weekly outpatient therapy or intensive outpatient treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Program may be necessary in the following situations:

Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm, or Substance Use:

If a teen is experiencing suicidal ideation, engaging in occasional self-harm that does not require medical attention, or struggling to maintain sobriety. Teens should be largely able to keep themselves safe without significant monitoring on nights and weekends.

Disrupted Daily Life:

If a teen is unable to maintain healthy relationships, or has significant problems when functioning in their family, peer group, and/or community and have increased difficulty maintaining daily responsibilities. If a teen is refusing to go to school or their academic performance is declining due to their mental health, substance use, or behavioral issues. 

What is Intensive Outpatient Program Like for Teens?

At Evolve’s IOP teens participate in individual and family therapy, psychiatry, group therapy sessions a day, and experiential therapies such as music and art therapy. 

IOP Hours

Monday – Thursday: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Monday: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Multi-Family Group) 

We have in-person IOP locations throughout California as well as a virtual program for California based teens. 

  • Evolve San Jose Outpatient  
  • Evolve Danville Outpatient 
  • Evolve San Diego Outpatient 
  • Evolve Virtual Outpatient 

At the online IOP level of care, our teens:

  • Receive two individual psychiatry sessions per month 
  • Receive one individual therapy session per week 
  • Participate in one family therapy session per week 
  • Participate in one multi-family therapy session per week 

Experienced, Professional Staff

Our staff is handpicked to provide the highest level of care available. On-site staff includes a Clinical Program Director, Primary Therapists, a Facility Manager, and highly trained Counselors or Recovery Coaches. Our counseling staff is made up of experienced clinicians, masters-level interns, and certified recovery coaches who bring a diverse and eclectic background to the treatment experience. All these people bring a diverse and eclectic background to the treatment experience. Everyone on our team is passionate about working with teens and the entire staff are involved with their treatment.  

Individualized Programs

individualized plan for after school program

Our teens receive solution-focused and evidence-based therapy. Everything we do is geared toward changing behavior and finding the right combination of treatment and support. Since no two teenagers are alike, no two treatment plans are alike. During the admissions process, we conduct a thorough assessment, establish a baseline, and create an Individual Treatment Plan for each client based on their specific needs and goals.