This morning, I had my in-take interview for an intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization program (IOP and PHP). My husband drove me. We hadn’t been there before and didn’t realize we had to park about half a block away. I wish I had known that because then I wouldn’t have worn leggings — it was frigid, and my legs froze. I even wore knee-high boots!
Long story short, the interview took about TWO hours, with most of that time spent completing paperwork! I can’t remember ever filling out that much! The actual interview with the Associate Director took about 15 minutes, and another 10 or 15 with the person in charge of insurance.
I was accepted to their PHP, henceforth known as PHP 4 because I’ve never been to this program; and I start on Monday. I’m actually looking forward to it so I can really get the help I need transitioning from being an inpatient to being back on the “outside.” Plus, it isn’t like my problems have disappeared just because I’m no longer in the hospital.
The hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM — 2:00 PM. I’ve had to rearrange my next few salon appointments lol! Anyway, I’ll be in PHP for 2 – 3 weeks depending on my progress, and then I’ll step down to the intensive outpatient program (IOP), which only goes to 12:30 PM for 3 – 5 weeks.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR BIPOLAR BARB: Nothing, other than the fact that I’ll be posting later in the day — late afternoon/early evening as opposed to late morning/early afternoon. 🙂
Have you ever attended an IOP or PHP? What was your experience like?