Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The UI Health Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an intensive outpatient psychiatric program accredited by the Joint Commission. 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.

Our Team

Benoy George APRN of the Year

Congratulations to Benoy George on his 2023 UI Health APRN of the Year award

This intensive outpatient program is led by an impressive team of experts in mental health. You'll benefit from the expertise of these experienced team members:

  • Eric Zimmerman, MD, Medical Director
  • Kelly Anne Smith, MSW, LCSW, Program Director
  • Erin Tobin, MSW, LCSW, Program Manager
  • Allison Anich, MSW, LCSW
  • Kryss Bellaby, LCSW
  • Benoy George, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, LCPC
  • Adriana Magana, Administrative Assistant
  • Diana Morales, MSW, LCSW, CADC 
  • Hana Russell, MSW, LCSW
  • Alyssa Spieler, MSW, LCSW 

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 

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

Learn more about our groups.

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, socialize, and 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:

  • 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.

Accepted Insurance

  • Campus Care
  • County Care
  • Harmony
  • Illinicare
  • Meridian
  • Molina
  • Next Level
  • Aetna

Contact Us

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

Phone: 312.996.9986
Fax: 312.996.9517

For Psychiatric Emergency 
If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency

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).