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Adolescence is a critical time of rapid physical, social and emotional change during which an adolescent may be especially susceptible to increased behavioral changes and emotional difficulties at home and school.  

Depression and anxiety in teens often leads to social problems, lack of participation or enjoyment in youth activities and an overall inability to make friends. Academic failure is a common depressive symptom in teens, where school performance is not up to their usual level.

Adolescents will benefit from IOP if experiencing two or more of these symptoms:

  • Depressed mood or more irritable than usual
  • Difficulty with parental and peer pressure
  • Problems communicating their needs at home, school or social surroundings
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Lack of coping strategies and communication skills
  • Loss of interest in normal activities and friends
  • Feelings of guilt or low self-esteem
  • Loss of energy, inability to get moving, even to do things a teen usually does
  • Poor concentration
  • Changes in appetite and sleep disturbances

The Adolescent Mental Health IOP is a structured treatment that addresses a number of teen mental health issues including depression, anxiety, persistent worry, fears, panic attacks, self-harm thoughts, mood swings, family conflicts, school related difficulties, isolating from others, aggression, and alcohol or drug abuse.

The program’s specially trained clinical staff will assist the adolescent in learning to stabilize their lives through a combination of communication skills, coping skills, anger management, personal responsibility and conflict resolution.

The outpatient program is specifically designed for adolescents 13 to 17 years of age along with other adolescents working on similar issues in a group setting. The program offers personalized treatment with structured interventions consisting primarily of educational and counselling sessions held for three hours, 3-days per week, and an average of 4-6 weeks. The goals and duration of the program will vary according to the individual needs and response to treatment. The adolescent IOP is an after-school program.

The program serves as a supportive means to prevent a need for higher level of care or as a "step-down" from inpatient and day hospital treatment.

Family Participation

Resource Center recognizes the value in an adolescents healing process from a supportive family. Family participation is required for the Adolescent Mental Health IOP. All IOP programs offer a weekly 1.5 hour group education component, designed to increase overall understanding of specific adolescent mental health issues and provide opportunities for specific skills training. Working together, families will identify roles, expectations, and learn healthy coping skills to improve communication and restore the adolescent to a satisfying and healthy life.

Complimentary Assessment   

Take the first step – call to schedule a complimentary evaluation and assessment with one of our healthcare professionals during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your complimentary assessment determines a course of treatment specifically tailored to meet the adolescents' needs.

The Center offers flexible appointments in a comfortable, safe and no pressure environment.   

The Behavioral Health Department accepts most major insurance providers and helps you navigate coverage options to ensure you maximize your available benefits. Based on the program or service, with some insurances plans, there may be no out-of-pocket cost to you.

A parent or legal guardian (legal documentation) is required to accompany the adolescent during the initial evaluation and assessment.  If teen participates in IOP, parent or legal guardian can provide written consent for teen to drive self, if legal age and permit, or others to drop-off or pick-up the teen during the course of programming. 

Contact Us

Behavioral Health: 214-393-3640
Fax: 214-261-2317 
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Resource Center Community Center     
5750 Cedar Springs Road      
Dallas, TX 75235  

For all medical or mental-health emergencies, call 911 immediately, or please safely get to the nearest emergency room. Resource Center Behavioral Health does not offer crisis assessments or crisis-related services.