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Dual-Diagnosis Program

Last Updated 5/17/2012 1:54:23 PM

About Our Program

The dual-diagnosis program is an intensive outpatient program designed to serve the adult population experiencing a psychiatric disorder that is co-occurring with a substance abuse/chemical dependency problem. Services include psychiatric evaluation, individual case management and group psychotherapy, and medication management.

Partial hospitalization program

  • 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, Monday–Friday.
  • Length of treatment depends on need, but the average is 15 days.

Intensive outpatient program:

  • Up to 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, Monday–Friday
  • 6–12 sessions, depending on the patient's needs

Typical day

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Individual counseling as scheduled
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Community Meeting
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Group Therapy, Dual Diagnosis Education, Relapse Prevention
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cognitive Behavioral group
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Stress Management group

(There is a short break between activities)

There is also a multi-family group one evening per week, and patients meet with one of our psychiatrists once weekly for medication monitoring.

Our staff

Our staff consists of psychiatrists, clinical nurse specialists, registered nurses, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and registered addiction specialists. The team has extensive experience in providing personalized treatment relevant to the needs of each individual patient.


Patients are referred to the outpatient programs by their community psychiatrist, therapist, and/or by a psychiatric inpatient hospital. Occasionally, the patients or their families will initiate the referral process. All prospective patients must make an appointment for the initial assessment which determines the best level of care.

Fees and insurance

Most insurance plans cover the partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient programs. Psychiatrist fees are separate from hospital program fees.


El Camino Hospital
Behavioral Health Services
2500 Grant Road
Mountain View, California

Contacting Behavioral Health Services

For more information, or to make an assessment appointment, please call 650-940-7254 or 866-789-6089 (toll-free).

Dual-Diagnosis Program

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