Community-Based Intensive Outpatient Services

How Catholic Charities helps


Children ages 0-17, living in Delaware, whose behavioral problems are severe enough to threaten their home, school, or day care placement can receive help through Catholic Charities’ Community-Based Intensive Outpatient Services.  The State of Delaware Division of Child Mental Health Services refers all children in the program and funds the program in its entirety.


Intensive outpatient treatment is designed for the child who needs concentrated therapy, but can live at home and attend school or work during the day.


Catholic Charities provides as part of this program:

— individual, parent-child, family, and group therapy

— psychiatric evaluation

— medication monitoring

— transportation

— crisis intervention

— case management


In addition, Catholic Charities will refer IOP clients to other services of ours, or others in the community, which will improve the child’s quality of life.


Treatment takes between 3 and 7 hours per week, in the child’s home, school, day care, community, and occasionally in the office, in order to improve the daily functioning of the child and his/her family and to eliminate the need for more restrictive services.


The New Castle County office offers specialized behavioral services to youth who are challenged with developmental disabilities and/or mental retardation.


The IOP program has been in operation in Kent and Sussex Counties since 1999 and in New Castle County since 2006.



How To Get Help


Families who want assistance in this program should call the Division of Child Mental Health at 1-800-722-7710.  Catholic Charities cannot accept direct referrals to this program.



How You Can Help


Clerical volunteer opportunities are available on an occasional basis.  If you are interested in spending time with the program, please contact the Dover Office Secretary at 302-674-1600, ext. 40.  An interview and approved application will be required.


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