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North Star Intensive Outpatient Program

North Star IOP provides an intensive, time limited treatment, for children ages 5 to 12, who are struggling with behavioral, emotional, and social needs. The program provides structured clinical support within a therapeutic group milieu. The treatment is individualized, provided by a multidisciplinary team and supervised by a child psychiatrist. Services include weekly individual and family therapy, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and structured therapeutic groups. Family involvement is a central part of the program. Daily communication and regular family meetings are essential.


Children attend the program 3-5 days per week, on average for 8 weeks. The program operates from 2-5pm during the school year and between 10am-1pm during the summer.


  • To reduce the length of stay a child may experience in a more restricted setting
  • To prevent placements outside the community
  • Stabilize, reduce, or alleviate serious behavioral and emotional symptoms
  • Provide assessment when a child is not able to function at home or school
  • To provide a more intensive level of care when once a week outpatient therapy is not sufficient

When to Apply

Some examples of when a referral should be made include children that are:

  • Acting out or having tantrums at home and school
  • Displaying poor social skills or self-control
  • Showing unexplained changes in mood or behavior
  • At risk for hospitalization or other placements
  • Being discharged from a higher level of care
  • Victims or possible victims of abuse or other trauma

Referral Information

 A family handbook that is provided to all families upon starting the program can be accessed here. (Click To Download)

If you would like more information about North Star, please give us a call at 860-643-2101, or use the contact button at the top of this page.

Director of Clinical Operations: Anisa Cole, LCSW
Phone: (860) 643-2101

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