Outpatient Treatment FAQ's
Q. How can I find out more about Outpatient Services?
A. Please feel free to contact our Call Center at 619-667-6125 and ask for additional information about Outpatient Services.
Q. How do I know which Outpatient program is right for me?
A. API has 4 different Outpatient Programs. Depending on your needs, location, and treating psychiatrist, API can help determine the program that is the best fit for you.
Q. Where are the Outpatient programs located?
A. PHP/IOP: Main Hospital Campus. 7050 Parkway Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
El Cajon OPS: 215 West Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92010
San Diego OPS: 5538 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105
PATH, San Diego OPS: 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Each site is only minutes away from our main hospital campus in La Mesa, CA with easy access to and from the trolley and the bus. If you are interested in attending one of our Outpatient Programs, please contact our Call Center at 619-667-6125 to schedule an appointment.
Q. Will my psychiatrist be able to see me in API's Outpatient Services?
A. If your psychiatrist is on our Medical Staff, then he or she will most likely be able to treat you in our Outpatient Services. If your psychiatrist is not affiliated with API, we are happy to offer co-treatment. As you go through the pre-admission screening process, please let us know if you have a community psychiatrist with whom you wish to continue working. If the psychiatrist is not on our medical staff, we will have you complete a Release of Information form so that we can work together to best coordinate your care.
Q. Who will manage my treatment in Outpatient Services?
A. Each patient in Outpatient Services is assigned a psychiatrist and a Treatment Coordinator. Your psychiatrist will meet with you as often is needed but at least monthly to review your symptoms, goals, and medications. Your Treatment Coordinator is a masters or doctoral level mental health care professional who will manage your case by collaborating with you to develop treatment goals and plans for continued care.
Q. How long will I be enrolled in the outpatient program?
A. Your length of enrollment in Outpatient Services is based on your continuing need to receive structured outpatient treatment. You will work with your multi-disciplinary treatment team to develop a discharge plan and your length of stay will be discussed routinely.
Q. What are the program hours?
A. Program hours depend on the program you are enrolled in. Some patients attend program in the morning while some patients attend in the afternoon. Some of our IOP or PHP patients attend program in both the morning and the afternoon. For more information regarding specific program hours, please contact our Call Center at 619-667-6125.
Q. Does API provide transportation?
A. Yes. In an effort to encourage community integration, independent transportation is encouraged when possible. Transportation is available for those who are in need and are within our pickup area. Please contact our Call Center at 619-667-6125 for specific information regarding your eligibility for transportation services.
Q. Does API Outpatient Services provide breakfast or lunch?
A. Yes. We provide a healthy continental breakfast for patients who attend our morning programs and lunch is provided for all Outpatient participants. Our lunch is provided by Rita's Catering. All food served at API is approved by a Registered Dietitian.
Q. Does API Outpatient Services administer medications?
A. Patients in Outpatient Services are responsible for administering their own medications. Most patients will take their medications at home independently or will be given medications at the facilities in which they live outside of program hours. Our Outpatient nursing staff will administer certain long acting anti-psychotic injectable medications as ordered by the attending psychiatrist.
Q. Will I be able to see an individual or family therapist?
A. API Outpatient Services provides individual therapy and/or family therapy to patients enrolled in our programs as ordered by the attending psychiatrist. Whether or not you will be offered individual or family therapy is an individualized treatment decision. If you think you may benefit from individual or family therapy, it will be important to discuss this with your program Treatment Coordinator or your attending psychiatrist.