Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Rio Vista Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Rio Vista Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Premier Outpatient Mental Health Treatment Program

Rio Vista Behavioral Health provides outpatient programming for adolescents and adults who are struggling with mental health disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders. Featuring in-person and telehealth partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) at our facility in El Paso, Texas, we can help you or a loved one find lasting healing from behavioral health and addiction concerns.

About the Program

Details about the Outpatient Programming at Rio Vista Behavioral Health in El Paso, TX

The outpatient programming at Rio Vista Behavioral Health provides comprehensive, personalized care for adolescents ages 11-17 and adults age 18 and older whose lives have been disrupted by mental health concerns and chemical dependency.

There are two outpatient options at Rio Vista Behavioral Health, both of which share some similarities. Both are stand-alone programs that do not require a patient to have completed a more intensive level of care prior to stepping down to this level. In each case, potential patients will need to come in for an assessment to determine which level of care is most appropriate.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): The partial hospitalization program at Rio Vista Behavioral Health offers a more intensive level of care than an IOP or traditional outpatient services, allowing our patients to receive therapeutic interventions during the day before returning to their home or other place of residence when therapy concludes. Our PHP is an ideal option for those who can still benefit from the structure our services provide but do not require round-the-clock monitoring.

Adolescents who participate in our PHP engage in therapeutic programming six hours a day, five days a week, while adults in the program start a half-hour later each day. Typical length of stay in the PHP is two to four weeks, though, as is the case with all our levels of care, decisions on the duration of your stay depend on your progress, needs, and goals.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): The intensive outpatient program at our facility in El Paso, Texas, offers structured therapeutic services on a less frequent basis than our PHP, allowing patients more time to work, attend school, or participate in community activities as they begin to transition back to day-to-day life.

Adolescents participate in IOP services three days a week for six hours per day, for a total of 18 hours per week. Days may vary depending on each individual’s academic schedule. Adults participating in our IOP attend programming three hours per day, three days per week, for a total of nine hours. As is the case with our PHP, typical length of stay in IOP is two to four weeks, though those decisions are ultimately made on a case-by-case basis.

Features of the Outpatient Treatment Programs

What to expect from the outpatient programming at Rio Vista Behavioral Health in El Paso, Texas

Our PHP and IOP are designed to give our patients the individual level of care they need as they continue their recovery journeys. With two programming tracks featuring varying levels of structure, each patient has the flexibility to maintain their day-to-day life outside of our facility in El Paso, Texas.

Based on a variety of individual factors, your personalized care plan in our outpatient programs may include:

  • Basic medical care
  • Medication management services
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy

Group therapy forms the foundation of Rio Vista Behavioral Health’s outpatient programming at both the PHP and IOP levels. Patients participate in a variety of psychotherapy groups, led by our experienced, licensed therapists or registered nurses, during each treatment day. These sessions give participants opportunities to address concerns, provide support, and learn from one another by way of discussion and feedback based on similar experiences.

Patients may also take part in individual therapy once a week, or on a case-by-case basis, and family therapy once a week or as needed.

Our team of compassionate, experienced professionals uses a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to deliver care in both of our outpatient programs. You or your loved one may engage in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing during your time at our facility in El Paso, Texas. Those who have struggled with a substance use disorder may also experience Refuge Recovery.

All services in our outpatient programs are customized to meet each patient’s unique needs based on their medical history, strengths, and goals for recovery.

Telehealth Outpatient Treatment Programs

Learn about telehealth outpatient treatment programs at Rio Vista Behavioral Health in El Paso, TX

To enhance the flexibility of our outpatient programming, Rio Vista Behavioral Health offers telehealth options for our intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and partial hospitalization programs (PHPs). Both adolescent and adult patients who have telehealth benefits can be evaluated for virtual participation in our IOPs and PHPs, which we provide through the Zoom teleconferencing service.

Each patient who participates in telehealth services through Rio Vista Behavioral Health receives the same high-quality care experience as with the in-person support we provide. Our telehealth outpatient programming takes place in conjunction with the in-person adolescent and adult IOPs and PHPs, forming hybrid groups involving both types of participants.

Because we are integrating telehealth services into our in-person outpatient programming, these services will follow the same therapy schedules. Patients who are participating in telehealth services must download Zoom and use the meeting IDs our facility provides.

Patients must sign a form that gives Rio Vista Behavioral Health consent to provide telehealth treatment. If a patient cannot come to our facility in El Paso, Texas, to sign the appropriate form in person, they can give consent verbally with two witnesses, per guidelines outlined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Admissions Criteria at Rio Vista Behavioral Health

Admissions information for the outpatient programming at Rio Vista Behavioral Health in El Paso, Texas

All admissions decisions for Rio Vista Behavioral Health’s outpatient programming are made on a case-by-case basis depending on the treatment needs and history of the patient. In general, the outpatient program is designed for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Adolescents ages 11-17 or adults age 18 and older (all genders accepted)
  • Primary diagnosis of a mental health disorder
  • Secondary diagnosis of a substance use disorder
  • Do not require round-the-clock care

If you think you or someone you care about might benefit from the outpatient programming at our facility in El Paso, Texas, please contact us today. A knowledgeable member of our team is available 24/7 to answer your questions so that you can make the most informed decisions on the way to a healthier, happier future.

Introducing Rio Vista Behavioral Health

Rio Vista Behavioral Health offers state-of-the-art inpatient psychiatric and detox services in the El Paso, Texas, area. Our commitment is to provide men, women, and children in our community with individualized treatment planning and ongoing recovery support.