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Outpatient Treatment and

Intensive Outpatient Treatment


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The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services/Health and Recovery Services Administration/Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse define Intensive Out-Patient treatment in law as “for patients admitted under a deferred prosecution order pursuant to 10.05 RCW.


American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) patient placement criteria for Intensive Out-Patient treatment as Nine (9) or more hours of structured programming per week consisting primarily of counseling and education about substance related problems. These services may be delivered during the day or in the evening.


  • A minimum of seventy two hours of treatment services within a maximum of twelve weeks

  • The first four weeks of treatment must consist of:

    at least three sessions each week

    each group session must last at least one hour

    each session must be on separate days of the week

  • Individual chemical dependency counseling sessions with each patient at least once a month, or more if clinically indicated.

  • Education totaling not more than fifty percent of patient treatment

  • Self help group attendance in addition to the seventy-two hours

  • A CDP or a CDPT must review and document the treatment plan in individual sessions to assess adequacy and attainment of goals

  • Upon completion of the I.O.P. a CDP or CDPT must refer each patient for on going treatment or support as necessary using (PPC) Patient Placement Criteria

Outpatient Treatment


Custom approaches for each patient

Nine (9) hours or less per week or counseling and education about substance-related problems. Outpatient treatment services are tailored to each patient’s level of clinical severity and are designed to help the patient achieve changes in his or her alcohol or other drugs using behaviors.

More information at:

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

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