The Adult Day Treatment Program (ADTP) is a short-term, intensive, outpatient, group therapy program. The mission of the ADTP is to improve the mental health of people-in-recovery who are suffering from a recent, severe worsening of mental health or co-occurring symptoms.
The goals of treatment are to:
- help people to avoid developing symptoms which are so severe that an inpatient or residential intensity of treatment becomes necessary
- help people who have just been discharged from an inpatient or residential intensity of treatment to become more stable in their recovery and transition back to community living
- help people to begin to move back in the direction of how they were doing prior to the most recent worsening of their life situation
There are therapy groups running Monday through Friday. Upon initially being admitted to the program, most people are scheduled to attend either three or four days per week.
Partial hospital level of treatment consists of four groups or services between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Intensive outpatient level of treatment consists of three groups or services between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
The ADTP aspires to tailor each person’s treatment plan to his or her individual needs as much as possible. Group therapy is delivered in a style which integrates techniques from cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy skills training, motivational enhancement, behavioral rehearsal, psychodynamic therapy, family systems therapy, relapse prevention, and interpersonal therapy.
Chemical dependency is conceptualized as a disease. It is seen as a destructive process characterized by a physical and/or psychological dependence upon mood-altering chemicals. Causal factors are believed to include biological risks, social/cultural/environmental influences, psychological influences, and the addictive potential of mind-altering chemicals. Chemical dependency is multifaceted and individualized in its effect, and while it can be treated and arrested, it is felt that it cannot be cured.
- Prescribing and monitoring the effects of psychiatric medication
- Group therapy
- Brief, individual case management/therapy meetings, as needed
Family/couples education and/or therapy, as needed
- Drug screen and breathalyzer tests, as needed
- Weekend planning, treatment contracts, and relapse prevention activities
- Educational curriculum on the disease and recovery process
- Social services referrals
- Communication of treatment information to treaters and family members
System of Care:
Because The Institute of Living is a comprehensive system of care, patients in the ADTP have access to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization programs and other on-grounds services.
Information and Referrals:
Mara De Maio, Ph.D., Program Manager: (860) 545-7229 or
The Institute of Living Assessment Center: (860) 545-7200; or toll-free at 1-800-673-2411