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Intensive Outpatient Program for Adults

Program Supervisor: Tammy Donohue, MSW, LCSW-C
Medical Director: Una McCann, M.D.

The Intensive Outpatient Program for Adults (IOPA) is part of the continuum of services offered in the Community Psychiatry Program (CPP). Download brochure.

This program is appropriate for:

  • People who need more intensive treatment to divert inpatient hospitalization.
  • People who need more intensive support upon discharge from inpatient hospitalization.
  • People who are receiving outpatient treatment but experiencing worsening symptoms and a decline in functioning.
  • People who would benefit from differential diagnosis evaluation.
  • People who would benefit from intensive coping skills training in a group setting. 

Services Offered

A team of licensed mental health professionals provide evidence-informed, short-term, intensive psychiatric treatment for patients who are able to function safely while they continue to live in the community. Patients attend the program three days a week from 9:30am-12:30pm. A typical treatment day consists of three groups for symptom reduction and skills training. The groups are influenced by CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and Mindfulness with an emphasis on skills training. Patients also receive weekly individual psychotherapy sessions with an IOPA therapist and weekly medication reviews by the IOPA psychiatrist. Transportation assistance may be provided to and from the program for those residing in a limited area. When discharged, most patients return to their former outpatient therapist, empowered with the skills to take part in their lives more fully.

Daily groups develop skills in the following categories:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Healthy Thinking
  • Mindfulness
  • Tolerating Distress

Feedback Informed Treatment

On average, people who complete IOPA tend to demonstrate reductions in severity of symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and stress (as measured by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21). Moreover, they report an increase in use of healthy coping behaviors, and a decrease in use of unhealthy behaviors (as measured by the DBT Ways of Coping Checklist).   

Clinic Staff

IOPA is staffed by a psychiatrist and licensed social work/mental health therapists.


Various insurances are accepted, including:

  • Medical Assistance
  • Medicare
  • Some private insurance

  Insurance coverage will be verified prior to scheduling an intake.


To make a referral contact Tammy Donohue LCSW-C at 410-550-1933 or you may print out this Referral Form and e-mail it to or fax it to 410-550-1061.


Intensive Outpatient Program for Adults (IOPA)
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
5500 Lombard Street
Baltimore Maryland 21224

Directions to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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