Intensive Outpatient Program now available at LCMH

The following is a Press Release from the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital:

Lake Charles Memorial Psychiatric Services now has an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The program is tailored to patients who have emotional and mental issues.

The benefits of intensive outpatient treatment are allowing the patient to be in treatment without the confinement of a hospital.  The goal is to prevent hospitalization, to assist in the transition from inpatient hospitalization to home, while encouraging growth, development and improving function.

This program combines psychotherapy and medication management.  Licensed professionals under the direct supervision of a psychiatrist, provide interventions tailored to each client's needs. Group, individual and family therapy are some of the modalities utilized to address issues such as stress, anger, anxiety, depression, distorted thinking and other symptoms disrupting a person's life.  Dr. Said Cantu is honored to be the attending Psychiatrist and will be part of the patient's plan of care to help them reach their goals.

Medication and therapy is an essential when helping someone with mental health issues.  An IOP is only 3-4 days a week Monday through Friday with the program beginning at 9am and ending at 1:30pm.  We have full transportation and provide a light breakfast snack and lunch.

In the event that the patient is seeing another Psychiatrist and has the desire to attend LCMH's IOP, the patient will stop seeing the current Psychiatrist and be seen by Dr. Cantu for the duration of the program.  When the patient is discharged from the program, the patient will be discharged back to the Psychiatrist he/she had prior to entering our program, if they so desire.