A brief phone intake assessment is conducted with each client prior to admission. Additional records and/or discussion with current treatment providers may also occur in order to better prepare the Houston OCD Program’s treatment team, after which admission date and time can be scheduled.
How much do you charge for your Intensive Outpatient Program?
Our Intensive Outpatient Program services cost $3,375 per week. This includes two one-hour sessions with the assigned behavior therapist (who collaborates with the client in creating the behavior therapy treatment plan) and one family session as needed. In addition, the fee includes 5 weekly psychoeducational groups, 5 staff-supported exposure and response prevention groups (2 hours each), and 5 staff-supported self-directed exposure groups (2 hours each). This does not include visits with a local psychiatrist, should that be needed.
Do you accept insurance?
Houston OCD Program is a self-pay treatment program. We do not accept payment from third party providers (e.g. insurance or loan companies). Families can contract with SJ Health Insurance Advocates, who can assist families, for a fee, in receiving some reimbursement from their insurance companies. SJ Health Insurance Advocates will verify benefits, request authorization for services, and bill the insurance company so that families may receive reimbursement from their insurance company. The amount of reimbursement varies based upon what services are authorized, as well as an individual’s specific plan and policy. We cannot guarantee reimbursement, but SJ Health Insurance Advocates will assist you in accessing what reimbursement is available. Please contact us at should you have any additional questions regarding the insurance reimbursement process.
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How long do your Intensive Outpatient Program last?
The estimated length of treatment at the outset is approximately 4 to 8 weeks. However, each individual presents with unique struggles. Individuals with more severe symptoms may require a longer treatment program; whereas, individuals with more mild or moderate symptoms may require less time in treatment. Whether someone has access to quality follow-up care with a trained CBT therapist is also an important factor that may affect how long someone chooses to stay in our program. We do our best to assess each individual as quickly as possible upon admission to the program so that we can provide a realistic estimate early on in the process.
What kind of follow-up do you offer for those who complete your Intensive Outpatient Program?
Once an individual has completed the program, there are several options for follow-up care. Individuals in the Houston area can step down into our outpatient level of care, or we can work in conjunction with previous treatment provider to assist in continuity of care. There are also many individuals who benefit from returning for a shorter treatment term, or a booster session, in order to continue to maintain the gains achieved in his/her original treatment stay. We follow up with clients with post-discharge assessments in order to further evaluate our evidence-based treatment approaches and to provide insight for clients in their current treatment. Additionally, clients who successfully complete the program are invited to return for our monthly mentorship meeting, which provides an enriching and empowering experience for both the mentor and mentee.
Who is not appropriate for your Intensive Outpatient Program?
Our intensive treatment programs are not appropriate for individuals who have active addictions, active eating disorders, and/or are actively suicidal. Individuals may need to receive treatment for these conditions elsewhere prior to engaging in our programs. For those individuals who have received treatment for these conditions (i.e., are in recovery) and would like some continued support during their anxiety treatment, we have the ability to work with additional outpatient specialists (e.g., addictions counselors, eating disorder specialists) as needed.
In addition, individuals who are not motivated for treatment are probably not appropriate for our programs. Because the treatment requires individuals to face their fears and experience discomfort, it requires a high level of motivation to complete and be successful. Individuals who are entering treatment only because of pressure from family members tend to make less progress than those individuals who commit to engaging in treatment on their own. We do work with individuals who are ambivalent about engaging in treatment (mostly because they are so afraid to give up the safety of their rituals); at the same time it is very important that they are motivated and willing to change. We work as hard as we can in order to help people overcome their OCD and other anxiety, and we expect similar effort from our clients.
The Houston OCD Program was of great benefit to me in that I was able to take large strides in reclaiming part of my life that before was lost due to OCD. I had suffered with severe OCD for over a year with contamination fears and rituals taking a large part of my time. Through seven weeks of hard work and with the leadership of expert staff who make up The Houston OCD Program, I was able to make drastic improvement in the severity of my OCD symptoms. There is still some work to do but I am very capable now, using the tools that I learned from the program, to get my life back and make it even better. I appreciate the entire staff at the Houston OCD Program for helping me through a difficult illness, so to them I say thanks.