Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Young Adults

More intensive than outpatient treatment, less immersive than inpatient hospitalization.

Our young adult IOP meets the unique needs of people 18-29 with mental health issues that impact their ability to function at work, with family, with friends, at school/college, and in the community. We help young adults and their families build a solid foundation for a healthy transition from the challenges of adolescence to the independence of adulthood.

Open Supportive Environment + Evidence-Based Care = Hope for the Future

Virtual program ideal for students and working adults.

We give young adults a safe space to explore what it means to become a grown, responsible adult. We help identify what’s important to them, visualize a healthy, productive future, and work with them to develop the tools to achieve both their daily goals and their big-picture goals for life. Each person has a unique concept of what a healthy and productive future looks like.

We work with our young adult patients to help them discover that for themselves. Young adults having problems getting started in life – the failure to launch syndrome – and college students trying to find their way are ideally suited to benefit from our young adult IOP.

The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be intimidating. For a person with a significant mental health disorder, it may feel overwhelming. We get that, one hundred percent. We’re patient, compassionate, and understanding. We help patients who feel lost find themselves. We help patients who feel scared develop the confidence and strength to move forward and face the challenges of life – and adulthood – head-on.

We prioritize finding joy in life and creating a daily routine which, over time, creates the foundation for a healthy and productive future.

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Diverse, Multi-Disciplinary Team of Mental Health Professionals

Our experienced, creative, and dedicated clinicians provide results-oriented, data-driven, evidence-based support tailored to meet the needs of each individual. We help young adults with a range of mental health issues, including but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Suicidal Behavior
  • Self-harm/Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Thought Disorders
  • Psychotic Spectrum Disorders
  • Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Asperger Syndrome/ Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parenting/ Family Issues
  • Social Skills Issues
  • School Refusal
  • Attachment Disorder

Therapeutic modalities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Group therapy
  • Educational workshops/skills workshops
  • Family therapy
  • Motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Processed based therapy
  • Medication Management

During the admissions process, we develop a personalized plan on the specific needs of each patient. Next, during treatment, we collaborate with patients and families to learn what works best for them, based on their personality, progress, preferences, and their vision of the future.

Each plan is different, and each plan is likely to change over time, because each person is different, and each person grows and changes while they’re at BACA.

BACA Young Adult IOP Location Details

San Jose and Berkeley 


  • 10 patients per track
  • 5:2 staff/patient ratio

Length of Program

  • Varies on a case-by-case basis. 8-12 weeks before step-down is typical, depending on individual needs and acuity.

The BACA Difference: Structured Step-Down Ensures Continuity of Care

We offer a unique stepdown service that’s unlike a typical IOP. We’ve designed a seamless, gradual transitional method to help young adults transition from intensive therapy back to routine, daily life. We understand the importance of continuous, uninterrupted care and support.

Our stepdown services bridge the gap. We prioritize the ongoing stability and wellbeing of our patients as they transition out of IOP.

A group of young adult college students sit in a circle for their meeting.Transitional services typically include regular sessions with BACA psychiatrists and/or therapists, who exclusively serve our IOP alumni. We provide supervision and continuity of care while young adults step down from a structured program. This allows us to monitor their progress and quickly intervene if things start to unravel. We treat them at this level of care until we’re confident in their ability to transition to outside community providers. The length of care in Transitional Outpatient services is based on individual needs, but typically lasts 60-120 days.



Find Out How BACA’s Intensive Outpatient Programs in San Jose & Berkeley Can Help You.