Adult Mental Health Treatment Services

The Department of BH/DD and its Montgomery County provider agency partners strive to offer treatment options that are the most likely to help you achieve the changes and results you seek.


Outpatient services consist of evaluation, diagnosis, and clinical treatment provided by mental health professionals, generally within a clinic setting. Services may include individual, group, and family therapy as well as visits with a psychiatrist to monitor medication. Access these services by calling your local CBHC, your current mental health provider, or Magellan Behavioral Health at (877) 769-9782.

Intensive Outpatient Therapy

Some CBHCs offer Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), which provide intensive, therapeutic and rehabilitation services. Services may include but are not limited to individual and group therapy, activity-focused therapy, and psychiatric services such as evaluation, diagnosis and medication monitoring. Intensive outpatient generally is a community-based alternative for adults who, without this level of intervention and support, may require inpatient hospitalization.

Evidence-based Practices

The federal Substance Abuse Mental health Services Administration has created a list of EBP which can be accessed at Some examples include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The most widely researched treatment, which focuses on changing an individual's thoughts (cognitive patterns) in order to change his or her behavior and emotional state.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Treatment for children, adolescents and their caregivers who have been exposed to trauma. It includes sessions for caregivers and children both separate and together, and focuses on education, feelings management, sharing the experience, and increased coping.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Individual and group practice that focuses on decreasing self-injurious and other self-destructive behaviors by increasing ability to regulate emotions. It uses cognitive behavioral therapy approaches and mindfulness practices to increase stress tolerance.

Seeking Safety

Cognitive-based therapy which uses a clinician workbook and handouts for participants, individual or group approach. It focuses on individuals struggling with addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM)

Single sex groups for men and women who have experienced short and long term consequences of interpersonal violence. Groups empower through increased knowledge, skill, and supports.