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Intensive Outpatient Program

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence Intensive Outpatient Program is a four-week interdisciplinary program for patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and associated health conditions. Tailored treatment plans are created with patient, family, and provider input that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. Patients learn self-management skills to increase resilience, manage symptoms, and enhance their well-being long-term. Please note that NICoE may not be able to address non-urgent healthcare issues. Please continue receiving care from your referring medical team. Below is the four-week timeline for the IOP:


Intensive Outpatient Program Timeline


IOP patients must meet the following criteria:

Admission Criteria:

  • Active Duty
  • Documented TBI history (mild, moderate) with associated psychological health conditions
  • At least six months post injury
  • Must have 12 months left on active duty from date of referral submission
  • TBI symptoms that have been resistant to traditional treatments
  • Referral from Primary Care Manager or Behavioral Health provider
  • Must have completed NICoE’s comprehensive behavioral health evaluation packet within 30 days of referral submission

For any of the below please contact the NICoE POC

  • Less than 12 months post discharge from a prior TBI program
  • Current Legal/Administrative issues that may impact ability to fully attend the program
  • Recent or upcoming PCS
  • Inpatient/hospital admission (medical/surgical/psychiatric/substance use) within the past 90 days

Learn More

To learn more about what patients can expect during their four-week stay, such as where they’ll be staying, what their schedule will be like, and what to bring, visit our Prepare for Your Visit page.

How to Refer a Patient

If you’re a provider and would like to refer a patient to the IOP, visit the referral site.

Our Results

A 2021 study using data from our IOP patients showed that they experienced significant and clinically meaningful improvement in multiple areas—including anxiety, sleep disturbances, post-traumatic stress, depression, and life satisfaction. These results were sustained up to six months after leaving the IOP. In addition, patient satisfaction surveys show that 98% of IOP participants would recommend the program to others.

Last Updated: May 24, 2024
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