Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program

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Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program


About Us

The UI Health Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an intensive outpatient psychiatric program. Our goal is to provide the support and services necessary for people to achieve their highest level of wellness.

Our program is here to help and serve people in their recovery through offering a supportive environment, daily structure, skill building groups and psychotherapy.

Program Goals:

  • Provide the services and support necessary for individuals to achieve their highest level of wellness to achieve their highest level of wellness
  • Provide therapeutic, social, and recreational opportunities
  • Aid life-skills development
  • Promote achievement of individual mental health goals
  • Strengthen feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Engage with families as appropriate
  • Provide connections to other agencies and resources as needed

Our Services

Program Services

Our program provides therapeutic, social and recreational opportunities to enable individuals to achieve their mental health goals


 

Some examples of our groups include:

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Leisure Skills
  • Symptom Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Medication and Health Education
  • Recovery Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Positive Reflections

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Some examples of good reasons to consider our program:

-An individual is experiencing depression, anxiety or other mood disorders

-An individual has been recently hospitalized for psychiatric symptoms

-An individual is having a difficult time managing school or work due to psychiatric symptoms

-An individual is struggling to get out of bed, to socialize and to engage in activities that they used to enjoy

-An individual is not able to sustain progress in stabilizing their symptoms with their current level of care

 

Additional Services Offered:

  • Brief Individual Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Family Interventions
  • Linkage and referral
 

Program Attendance

Individuals are expected to attend the program between 3 to 4 days a week. Accommodations can be discussed for people managing a school or work schedule, for doctor appointments, and childcare needs. The amount of time people spend in the program will depend on their treatment plan and insurance coverage.

Participants of our program meet individually on a weekly basis with a primary coordinator who works with them on their goals for treatment and a discharge plan, which includes follow-up care and setting goals for their plans upon discharge from the program.

Treatment Team

Eric C. Zimmerman MD PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Medical Director, UI Health Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Eric Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Zimmerman received his MD and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in General Adult Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Western Psychiatric Hospital. In residency he developed an interest in the care of severe and persistent mental illness, pursuing electives at a specialty clozapine clinic, an Assertive Community Treatment team, and a street medicine team, among others. During training, he also completed a fellowship in Public Service Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Service Psychiatry.

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Eric C. Zimmerman

Erin C. Tobin MSW LCSW

  • Supervisor of Social Services, Behavioral Health
  • Program Manager, UI Health Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Erin Tobin has been with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Hospital for more than ten years now. She is passionate about serving individuals with mental health problems and helping them to improve their emotional and physical health. As a graduate student of Jane Addams School of Social Work, she was a student intern on the adult psychiatric unit. This experience expanded her interest in serving this population in this capacity. She has worked on the adult psychiatric unit, on the women’s mental health team, for over five years now. She has also worked as a group therapist in the UI Health IOP. She feels strongly about providing service to historically underserved, impoverished populations and working at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences Systems gives her the opportunity to work with these communities, making sure they receive a level of care we all deserve. In 2015, Erin was awarded the hospital’s Employee of the Year!

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Allison Anich MSW LCSW

  • Clinical Social Worker

Allison is a clinical social worker at the UI Health Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program. She provides group therapy, psychoeducation and case management to individuals experiencing mood and anxiety disorders as well as psychotic disorders. She completed her MSW at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to her current position at UI Health, Allison worked for a community mental health agency providing counseling and case management services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Allison is passionate about providing a safe space and recovery tools for individuals to heal, grow and recover from the impact of mental illness. As a clinician with the UI Health IOP program, she values the opportunity to support individuals from all backgrounds or walks of life, in shifting their perspective and goals related to their mental, emotional and physical wellness from surviving to thriving!

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Allison Anich

Kelly Anne Smith MSW LCSW

  • Program Director

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Kryss Bellaby LCSW CADC

  • Medical Social Consultant
  • Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program

Kryss is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with UI Health who works in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), on the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and with the Urgent Intervention Team (UIT) in the Emergency Department.  He also works on Med Surg floors.  He does group therapy, psychoed...

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Kryss Bellaby

Benoy George DNP APRN PMHNP LCPC

  • Advance Practice Nurse

Dr. Benoy George works in the Community Reintegration Program, an intensive outpatient day program, at UI Health. Dr. George also provides outpatient psychiatric care for mental health evaluation and medication management. He is interested in mood and anxiety disorders as well as individual and group psychotherapy. His research interests include the effect of patient engagement on continuity of psychiatric care.

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Adriana Magana

  • Program Service Aide, Community Reintegration Program

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Adriana Magana

Diana L. Morales MSW LCSW CADC

  • Medical Social Consultant

Diana has been a part of the UI Health community for 11 years providing individual and group therapy to a vast and diverse population of individuals seeking to enhance their quality of life by offering a humanistic, relational, strength-based, and compassionate treatment experience through a trauma-informed/focused lens that promotes self-determination, insight, and awareness. Prior to joining IOP, Diana provided individual and group therapy in both English and Spanish in the Department of Infectious Diseases at UI Health. Diana received her MSW/CADC at Loyola University specializing in mental health with a subspeciality in substance abuse.  She is bilingual in Spanish, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Hana Russell MSW LCSW

  • Clinical Social Worker, Intensive Outpatient Program

Hana is a clinical social worker in the Intensive Outpatient Program. She also works on the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and the Urgent Intervention Team (UIT) in the Emergency Department.  Hana enjoys working in different areas of psychiatry within the hospital. She completed her MSW at UIC. Prior to working at UI Health, Hana has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for patient with severe substance use disorders/dual diagnosis.

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Alyssa Spieler MSW LCSW

  • Medical Social Consultant
  • UI Health Behavioral Intensive Outpatient Program/IOP

Alyssa is a social worker at the UI Health Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program. Through the IOP program she provides group therapy, psychoeducation groups and case management to individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Alyssa’s previous experience includes working with young people who have used substances in a case management role. Alyssa completed her MSW at Loyola University Chicago and B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies at The Ohio State University.

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Accepted Insurance

  • Blue Cross Community MMAI
  • Campus Care
  • County Care
  • Harmony
  • Illinicare
  • Meridian
  • Molina
  • Next Level
  • Aetna
  • BCBS PPO
  • BCBS HMO IL

Contact Us

UI Health Behavioral Health IOP
912 S. Wood St., South Tower, 7th floor
Chicago, IL, 60612
Directions

Phone: 312.996.9986
Fax: 312.996.9517

 

For Psychiatric Emergency:

If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency call 911 or the Urgent Intervention Team at UI Health (UIT) at 312.996.2242 pager 3927. Call the 988 Suicide/Crisis Lifeline 988lifeline.org.

 

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

 

For Patient Referrals 

To make a referral, please call the Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at 312.996.1065, or complete this referral form (.doc).