How do I get admitted to a program at Behavioral Nutrition?

Individuals and families can contact Behavioral Nutrition for an Initial Behavioral Assessment and Nutrition Assessment. Direct referrals are also accepted from physicians, mental health professionals, college and high school staff, and other organizations within the community. We begin the admission process by collecting insurance information to verify benefits as well as a brief phone interview to determine treatment needs. Once insurance is verified we provide each patient with their verification of benefits including if they have a copayment and the amount. At Behavioral Nutrition, dietitians, therapists and a psychiatrist work as a team to determine with the patient the most appropriate level of care as well as the long term treatment plan.

Adult/Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program Requirements

If you are being admitted into the Adult/Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program you will need an Initial Behavioral Assessment with one of our counselors and Nutrition Assessment with one of our dietitians. Should you need support with obtaining blood labs, we will contact your primary care physician’s office regarding our required blood lab test results and recent physical. If you do not have a primary care physician and if needed, a cardiologist, we will refer you to one of our referring doctors located across the street from our Quincy facility.

What about insurance and payment?

The cost of admission for most patients into our Intensive Outpatient Program will be covered by Insurance Companies that we are contracted with (please see insurances accepted), and we also accept Out of Network benefits. Individual outpatient services including behavioral therapy and nutritional counseling are covered by most insurances. Prior to admission into any one of our three levels of care, our office will have verified your insurance coverage and informed you of your health insurance benefits/coverage.

Since not every insurance plan covers Intensive Outpatient Program levels of care, you may want to contact your insurance company directly to determine your coverage. You can call the member services line listed on the back of your insurance card to obtain your coverage for these levels of care.

What is the Criteria for Discharge?

Patients are discharged to a lower level of care when there is a decreased frequency and intensity of Eating Disorder behaviors, sustained weight management and improved Eating Disorder related blood labs. The patient has demonstrated an increased ability to follow their nutritional plan, increased awareness of potential triggers to Eating Disorder behaviors and is able to apply appropriate skills that support the recovery process. Patient’s progress requires less intensive monitoring of meals and behavioral group therapy, allowing the patient to be discharged to a lower level of care.

What is a typical day like in the Intensive Outpatient Program?

TIME GROUP SCHEDULE TIME GROUP SCHEDULE
Adolescent IOP Adult IOP
11am CBT/ DBT Eating Disorder Focused Group Therapy 2pm CBT/ DBT Eating Disorder Focused Group Therapy
12pm Therapeutic Meal Time 3pm Therapeutic Meal Time
1pm DBT Group: Mindfulness & Relaxation Techniques 4pm CBT Group: Finding Your Voice: Assertiveness Skills Building

How long will I be in the program?

The average length of stay for the Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program is 3-4 weeks.

What is the Criteria for Discharge?

Consistent decrease in frequency of Eating Disorder behaviors and sustained ideal body weight. The patient’s eating disorder treatment would also have to require a less intensive setting due to improvements in the patient’s symptoms and eating disorder behaviors. Patient’s improvements in symptoms indicate a significant and sustained decrease in the frequency of Eating Disorder Behaviors, which supports discharge to a lower level of care (Individual Outpatient Treatment Team).