ADAA Q&A: What is Residential Treatment?

People often contact the Houston OCD Program with questions about what kind of intensive treatment is appropriate for the individual or a family member. The different levels of care, including Inpatient Treatment, Residential Treatment, Partial Hospital Program, Intensive ThrosturBjorgvinssonOutpatient Program, and Outpatient Services can be confusing to navigate. The Houston OCD Program offers three levels of care; residential support, intensive outpatient program, and specialized outpatient services, each of which is designed to offer a different set of support for clients with unique needs. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America interviewed Thröstur Björgvinsson, Ph.D., ABPP., the Program Director of the Houston OCD Program and Bradley C. Riemann, Ph.D., the Clinical Director at the OCD Center & CBT Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital recently to discuss the differences between specialized OCD residential treatment, inpatient treatment, and outpatient services.

Residential OCD treatment offers 24-hour staff support and opportunities for exposures whereas a day treatment or a partial hospitalization program offers five to six hours of treatment per day, five days a week. Inpatient Treatment, on the other hand usually refers to a locked unit that is more for stabilization of a person in a crisis situation with a much shorter length of stay.

Access the full interview here.