Outpatient Behavioral Health Services

Outpatient behavioral health services are offered at two convenient locations for Alameda Health System and Alameda County residents: Highland Hospital Campus in Oakland for residents in the north part of the county and Fairmont Hospital Campus in San Leandro for residents in the south and east part of the county.

Services provided include the Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program and the Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Clinic Program.

Partial Hospitalization

Our Partial Hospitalization Program Services (PHP) offer comprehensive treatment during the day, which allows people to live at home and engage in treatment during the day.

People served by PHP include:

  • Patients transitioning from a residential or inpatient hospital level of care
  • Patients experiencing moderate to severe psychiatric symptoms and at risk of hospitalization
  • Patients requiring more care than standard outpatient weekly treatment

The PHP program encourages family involvement in treatment planning. Family therapy is available as indicated or requested. We offer this program for adults age 18 and older.

Patients participate in structured treatment five days a week (Monday – Friday) between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, for one to four weeks. Lunch is provided.


  • Reduce/avoid hospital stays by providing “step down” PHP care
  • Attend treatment while living at home
  • Weekly medication supervision and management
  • Reduce acute symptoms and improve functioning
  • Learn positive symptom management/functional skills
  • Improve understanding of mental illness and its management
  • Coordinate re-entry into the community after hospitalization
  • Prevent decompensation and/or re-hospitalization
  • Decreases social isolation
  • Learn relapse prevention skills
  • Maintain important links to family and community
  • Promotes safe and effective recovery from an episode of psychiatric illness

To schedule an assessment, please call 1-510-535-7776 for the north part of the county and 1-510-895-4369 for the south part of the county.

Intensive Outpatient

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) provides another step in the continuum of care. Patients may enter this level of care directly or as a step down from partial hospitalization or inpatient treatment. This program benefits adults who have psychiatric symptoms but are able to manage daily life in the community.

We offer this program for two age groups, adults 18-55, and adults 55 and older. Depending on their life stage, people have different needs, stresses, and responsibilities, and typically feel more comfortable interacting with those close to their age during group therapy.

People served by IOP include:

  • Patients transitioning from a residential or inpatient hospital level of care
  • Patients requiring more care than standard outpatient weekly treatment


  • Avoid need for PHP or hospital services through early intervention
  • Attend treatment while living at home
  • Develop coping skills for maintaining in the community
  • Understanding and accepting your medical and/or psychiatric diagnosis
  • Management of side effects of medications
  • Learn problem solving and conflict management skills
  • Improve life skills and activities of daily living
  • Decrease social isolation and increase coping skills
  • Improve adjustment and acceptance of the aging process

Treatment is individualized for each patient and may include:

  • Multidisciplinary assessment
  • Individualized treatment and discharge planning
  • Group therapy and psycho-educational groups, including stress management, medication education, and recovery skills
  • Assistance with reintegration into community, job, and family life

Family support and treatment

  • Coordination of care with outpatient medical providers for patients with complex medical needs

Patients attend one to three structured treatment sessions each week (Monday-Friday) for four to 12 weeks. Sessions last for four hours and are scheduled between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Lunch is provided.

To schedule an assessment, please call 1-510-535-7776 for the north part of the county and 1-510-895-4369 for the south part of the county.

Outpatient Behavioral Health Services

The Outpatient Behavioral Health Service Clinic (OBHSC) Program is designed for adults, older adults, adolescents and children with mild to moderate mental health problems in at least one area of daily life. For example, psychological/psychiatric symptoms that interfere with social or vocational or familial or academic or occupational or emotional functioning.

Patients receiving these services are able to safely maintain themselves in the community with once or twice a week contact and support from a mental health professional and are motivated to attend services and engage in treatment. OBHSC level of care is for people who are not a danger to themselves or others.

We are able to treat a wide range of mental illnesses, eg, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma and PTSD, thought disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, ADHD and developmental disorders, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, parenting/family/couples problems, mental health issues associated with medical illness and mental health issues associated with aging.

The OBHSC program acts as the first line of evaluation, intervention and support for:

  1. Persons first experiencing mental illness symptoms, eg, thought disorder or mood disorder
  2. Having a re-occurrence of mental illness or
  3. Needing a lower level of care after a course of day-treatment or an episode of hospitalization.

Our staff of licensed professionals and doctors provide a supportive and compassionate, culturally sensitive environment where the latest advances in evidence-based mental health outpatient treatment helps patients develop the tools to cope successfully.

The OBHSC program focuses on assisting people at improving symptom management, coping and problem solving skills that will allow them to continue to be successful in the community, ie, at home, at work, at school and with family.

Services are in the form of:

  1. Individual psychotherapy that occurs once or twice a week
  2. Weekly short-term group psychotherapy and psycho-education, if indicated
  3. Ongoing psychiatric consultation/evaluation , if indicated
  4. Medication evaluation/management, in indicated and
  5. Psychological/social/academic assessment.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Stabilize problematic symptoms after an exacerbation so that a higher level of care is not needed
  • Provide ongoing evaluation, support and structure to prevent symptoms from interfering with life goals
  • Keep symptoms under control while maintaining continued independent participation in daily life
  • Promote mental health wellness skills and behaviors to support self-reliance and promote resilience and

5)  Assist with ongoing links to community services, health care, financial and      transportation resources


  • Improved understanding of mental illness/wellness and its management
  • Access to the latest information and education on mental health
  • Learn positive symptom management, coping and self-care skills
  • Keep problems and symptoms from becoming overwhelming
  • Prevent interruption to work or school or family life
  • Have monthly medication supervision and management (if needed)

An individualized treatment plan is developed for each participant to address their psychiatric, psychological and social/family needs. The comprehensive treatment program includes:

  • Complete medication, psychiatric, psychological, social/family evaluation
  • Weekly individual psychotherapy
  • Weekly group psychotherapy (if needed)
  • Monthly family therapy (if needed)
  • Monthly medication management (if needed)
  • Community resource needs assessment and coordination

To schedule an assessment, please call 1-510-535-7776 for the north part of the county and 1-510-895-4369 for the south part of the county.


We provide transportation and can also arrange rides through Lyft to and from the programs for people participating in our hospital-based PHP and IOP programs.


The length of treatment, which varies from a few weeks to a few months or more, depends on the individual’s completion of treatment plan goals and insurance authorization. Our PHP and IOP programs are covered by Kaiser, private insurance and Medicare. Many supplemental insurance policies, including Medi-Cal, provide secondary insurance coverage.


We welcome referrals from physicians, families, healthcare professionals, agencies, or self-referral.