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Intensive Outpatient Program

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a four-week interdisciplinary program for patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) 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. Below is the four-week timeline for the IOP:

Intensive Outpatient Program Timeline


IOP patients must meet the following criteria:

  • Active Duty Service Member
  • Must have care established with primary care manager
  • Must have completed comprehensive behavioral health evaluation within 30 days prior to application submission
  • Diagnosed mild to moderate TBI and/or associated health conditions who have not responded to traditional treatment

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: July 11, 2023
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