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Levels of Care

What level of OCD treatment is best for me?


There are generally four recognized levels of psychiatric care, and each treatment center has its own criteria, treatment plans, and timing for the levels of care.

We have included a general breakdown of these services, which include:

Outpatient Treatment: OCD Outpatient Treatment typically involves between 1-3 hours of treatment per week.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP): IOP typically has mental health services more intensive than routine outpatient and less intensive than a Partial Hospital Program. IOPs typically range from 3-20 hours per week of direct treatment. You can learn more about our IOP services by clicking here.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP): The main difference between IOPs and PHPs is the length of time. The PHP treatment is a bit more demanding than the IOP treatment, requiring more visits and sessions per week, making its intensity almost similar to that of residential recovery programs without living onsite.

Residential Treatment: Residential Treatment is usually the best level of care for individuals leaving a hospital or locked psychiatric acute care facility, or in need of psychiatric care that requires 24/7 access to a treatment team. Residential Treatment level of care is commonly approximately 8-12 weeks before stepping down to PHP or IOP, though symptoms severity can require longer stays, sometimes approximately 4-8 months.

Local and National OCD Treatment Centers and Peer Support Services


**Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta is highlighting these treatment centers, clinics, and services in an effort to disseminate treatment options that we believe offer the most advanced, evidenced-based care at varying levels beyond standard outpatient care. Any references or resources obtained from our website to a specific product, process, or service do not constitute or imply an endorsement by Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta or any of its providers. We do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website, nor do we endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites. Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta does not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer. 

Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta (Dunwoody, Georgia)
Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta offers outpatient and Treatment Intensives for anxiety, OCD, and related problem areas for children, adolescents, and adults – offering both telehealth and in-person options. Individual OCD treatment and groups are offered. Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta has several psychologists approved to provide treatment services via telehealth in any of the current 16 PSYPACT® participating states. This means that our team is able to offer telehealth-based outpatient and IOP-level OCD treatment services to individuals in over 35 states. To see the full list, go to our PSYPACT page to see the various states and providers eligible to offer these services.

Emory Adult OCD Program (Atlanta, Georgia)
Emory Adult OCD Program offers Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment for older adolescents (age 15+) and adults. Emory also provides Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for OCD and anxiety disorders. Emory offers individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and medication management.

Rogers Behavioral Health (Multiple Locations)
Rogers Behavioral Health is a nationally-renowned OCD treatment and anxiety specialty hospital system, offering treatment for adult and adolescent depression, adult, child, and adolescent OCD and anxiety, and adult trauma. Rogers Behavioral Health offers residential level of care for all ages, but only at their location in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. They offer PHP and IOP levels of care at more than 20 locations around the United States.

McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School affiliate) (Boston, Massachusetts)
McLean Hospital offers comprehensive mental health services to help children and adults living with OCD. They offer adult residential programs, as well as PHP and Outpatient OCD treatment services in Boston and Houston. They also offer residential treatment programs for children and adolescents (ages 12-21) with OCD and related disorders.

Lifespan Hospital (Providence, Rhode Island)
The Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) is always expanding, but currently offers an intensive OCD and anxiety treatment program with two levels of care: a) Full-day partial (six hours), and b) Half-day partial (four hours). The program provides treatment to children and adolescents (ages five to 18) who experience significant impairment in their daily lives due to OCD, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, and other forms of anxiety. Treatment takes place Monday through Friday at Bradley Hospital. Program hours depend on a child’s level of care. They offer a full-day partial program with community-based sessions every day, and a half-day program with community-based sessions two days a week. The average length of treatment is approximately eight weeks.

Mountain Valley Treatment Center (Plainfield, New Hampshire)
Mountain Valley Treatment Center offers a residential treatment program for adolescents (ages 13-20) with OCD, anxiety, and related disorders.

NeuroBehavioral Institute (NBI) (Weston, Florida)
NBI offers intensive treatment for many serious and debilitating psychological conditions, for children, adolescents, and adults. NeuroBehavioral Institute’s Intensive Treatment Program (ITP), also known as Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), can be an effective outpatient treatment alternative for those who have not benefited from standard levels of intervention but are not truly in need of inpatient admission. For others, it can serve as a transitional step down from higher levels of care. ITP can also be useful for patients who are ready to accelerate their progress. Additionally, patients may travel to their ITP because specialized treatments are lacking where they live.

NBI (NeuroBehavioral Institute) Ranch (Southwest Ranches, Florida)
NBI Ranch opened in the summer of 2017. NBI Ranch is an adult (18 and over) residential supportive living community for sufferers of OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders in the horse-country town of Southwest Ranches, Florida. It’s a naturalistic environment where patients of NBI’s intensive program live while receiving daily treatment at NBI’s main offices (NBI HQ). The Ranch provides an extraordinary opportunity to work on real-life skills and tools in a caring home-like setting outside of treatment. The Ranch offers many options and advantages that once-a-week in office visits can’t provide. NBI Ranch serves individuals and families locally and from around the world. English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Afrikaans are spoken at NBI Ranch.

NOCD (Chicago, Illinois)
NOCD offers outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults via telehealth. NOCD provides exposure and response prevention (ERP) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for OCD treatment and related disorders in all 50 states by providers credentialed in each state.

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