ADAA Q&A: What is Residential Treatment?

People often contact the McLean OCD Institute // Houston 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 McLean OCD Institute // Houston 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 McLean OCD Institute // Houston 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.