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SAIOP ( Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program)

Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) means structured individual and group addiction activities and services that are provided at an outpatient program designed to assist adult and adolescent beneficiaries to begin recovery and learn skills for recovery maintenance.

Group Counseling

SAIOP can be designed for homogenous groups of recipients e.g., pregnant women, and women and their children; individuals with co-occurring MH/SA disorder; individuals with HIV; or individuals with similar cognitive levels of functioning. Group counseling shall be provided each day SAIOP services are offered. SAIOP includes case management to arrange, link or integrate multiple services as well as assessment and reassessment of the recipient’s need for services.

Community Resourses

SAIOP services also informs the recipient about benefits, community resources, and services; assists the recipient in accessing benefits and services; and monitors the provision of services. Consumers may be residents of their own home, a substitute home, or a group care setting; however, SAIOP must be provided in a setting separate from the consumer’s residence. The program is provided over a period of several weeks or months.

Eligibility Criteria

The beneficiary is eligible for this service when ALL of the following criteria are met: a. there is a substance use disorder diagnosis present; and b. the beneficiary meets ASAM Level 2.1 criteria.

A service order for SAIOP must be completed prior to or on the day that the services are to be provided by a physician, licensed psychologist, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner according to their scope of practice.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcome of SAIOP is abstinence. Secondary outcomes include: a. sustained improvement in health and psychosocial functioning; b. reduction in any psychiatric symptoms (if present),; c. reduction in public health or safety concerns; and d. reduction in the risk of relapse as evidenced by improvement in empirically supported modifiable relapse risk factors.

Program Requirements

This service must operate at least 9 hours per week and offer a minimum of 3 hours of scheduled services per day, with availability at least 3 days per week with no more than 2 consecutive days without services available, the recipient must be in attendance for a minimum of 3 hours a day in order for this services to be effective.

Group counseling services must be offered each day the program operates. Services must be available during both day and evening hours. SAIOP Program may have variable lengths of stay and reduce each individual’s frequency of attendance as recovery becomes established and the individual can resume more and more usual life obligations.

The program conducts random drug screens and uses the result of these tests as part of a comprehensive assessment of participant’s progress towards goals and for Person Centered Planning.

SAIOP Services Overview

Services are provided during the day and evening hours to enable individuals to maintain a residence in their community, continue to work or go to school, and to be a part of their family life. The following types of services are included in the SAIOP Program:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group counseling and support;
  • Family counseling, and training or support;
  • Biochemical assays to identify recent drug use (e.g., urine drug screens);
  • Strategies for relapse prevention to include community and social support systems in treatment;
  • Life skills;
  • Crisis contingency planning;
  • Disease management; and
  • Treatment support activities that have been adapted or specifically designed for a person with physical disabilities or persons with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse/dependence or mental retardation/developmental disability and substance abuse/dependence.

Services Provided

Forensic Evaluations / Screenings
Partial Hospitalization
Anger Management
Behavioral Disorders
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Conduct Disorders
Marriage and Family Counseling
Stress Management
Substance Abuse


Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Lumberton Office (Corporate Office)
3581 Lackey Street
Lumberton, NC 28360
Phone: (910) 738-5023
Fax: (910) 738-1451

Maxton Office
109 West Central St
Maxton, NC 28364
Office: (910) 844-2267
Fax: (910) 390-4307

Raeford Office
310 Harris Ave
Raeford, NC 28376
Office: (910) 848-2267
Fax: (910) 248-6571

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